Personal data of about one crore people could have been compromised as IRCTC, official ticket booking website of Indian Railway has been hacked. Account details of IRCTC include crucial personal data such as PAN card number, Aadhar card etc, which could be misused to create forged documents.
A high-level meeting was held in Delhi on Tuesday night to discuss the issue and take measures to figure out how far the hackers have got into the system. AK Manocha, Managing Director of IRCTC, told Mumbai Mirror that though there has been no official complaint regarding data hacking he has written to Delhi police’s cyber cell to inquire into the matter.
IRCTC official said that they got information the IT cell of Mumbai IB,about some data being circulated in the name of IRCTC.
“Maharashtra Govt confirms IRCTC website hacked. Up to 1 crore account details potentially compromised. Being sold in a CD for Rs 15k,” tweeted Rahul Kanwal of India Today.
“The data is a valuable asset and can be sold to corporations who may use it for targeting potential consumers,” said an IRCTC official.
Railway had spent about Rs 100 crore for the upgradation of the website, but that was more for speeding up ticketing process than creating more secure firewalls according to the sources.
This incident happened just one week after a man who used to hack train ticket booking website IRCTC to generate fake tickets was arrested from Dakshan Darwaza area in eastern Uttar Pradesh’s Basti town, by a joint team of the CBI and railway’s vigilance departmen.