COVID-19 Vaccination Data Leaked On Telegram Channel: Report

Over the previous two and a half years, an enormous variety of residents nationwide have obtained their COVID-19 vaccinations from healthcare suppliers. Whereas sustaining the confidentiality of citizen data is paramount, with the federal government entrusted with the duty of making certain its safety, a major breach lately occurred. Particulars of those hundreds of residents have been leaked on a Telegram channel. The Fourth Information, a Malayalam information portal, reported that the leaked information encompasses not solely extraordinary residents but in addition distinguished political figures and famend personalities who had registered themselves on the federal government portal.

Remarkably, the Telegram channel contains complete data equivalent to a person’s Aadhaar card, pan card, cellphone quantity, gender, and date of beginning, amongst different particulars. Reportedly, one can entry the data by merely getting into an individual’s identify.

CoWIN Information Breach On Telegram

Other than media retailers, a couple of individuals have been additionally reporting their information breach on the Telegram bot, which was reportedly taken down on Monday morning. As reported by the Malayalam portal, the CoWIN information breach resulted within the leak of main data together with the individual’s Aadhaar quantity, cell quantity, identify, date of beginning, and extra.

Other than frequent civilians, private particulars of Union Well being Ministry Rajesh Bhushan, his wife-MLA Ritu Khanduri, CoWIN excessive energy panel chairman Ram Sewak Sharma, Kerala Well being Minister Veena George, Congress Normal Secretary KC Venugopal, and Union Minister of State Meenakshi Lekhi had been additionally leaked on the portal.

Political Leaders React To COVID Information Leak

Whereas the federal government is but to instantly touch upon the event, a couple of political leaders have reacted to the identical and shared it on social media.

In a sequence of tweets, MP Supriya Sule, whereas lashing out on the authorities, wrote, “The time has come for the federal government to step up and enact sturdy information safety laws that unequivocally upholds our privateness. We demand motion, transparency, and the peace of mind that our private information will likely be shielded from any additional breaches.”

MP Karti P Chidambaram, whose particulars had been additionally leaked on the Telegram channel, shared a screenshot of his particulars and wrote, “In its Digital India frenzy, GoI has woefully ignored citizen privacy. Personal data of every single Indian who got COVID-19 vaccination is publicly available. Including my own data. Who let this happen? Why is GoI sitting on a data protection law? Ashwini Vaishnaw must answer.”

Trinamool Congress chief Saket Gokhale, whereas expressing issues concerning the newest information breach, additionally shared a couple of screenshots of well-known personalities, whose particulars had been leaked by the portal.

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