Narendra Modi app hacked and 7 million user data under threat?
A 22-year-old Mumbai-based hacker claimed that he hacked the Narendra Modi app which the Prime Minister Narendra Modi released to get the feedbacks of people on demonetisation of Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes.
According to YourStory, Javed Khatri a mobile app developer from Mumbai, mailed to the portal on December 1 saying that he had hacked the app.
In the mail, Khatri said that he easily accessed the user details including phone number, email, name, location, interests, last seen etc. Through the process, Khatri claims, he had extracted the personal phone numbers and email ids of ministers like Smriti Irani.
He added that he could easily make any user to follow another and warns that privacy of more than seven million users was at stake if the loophole is still ignored.
In a conversation with YourStory, the Mumbai-based developer said that his intention was for good, and did not want to cause any damage. He asserts that the developers must pay attention to the privacy of the users.
Khatri replied to a question saying it took him 15-20 minutes to get the entire access and added that the developers left some loopholes in the security of the app.
“It was not that difficult to hack the app. It took me around 15-20 minutes to get the entire access. Although the developers have focused a lot on security, they have left certain loopholes,” he said.
Khatri had given screenshots of some of the details he had extracted which included details of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister Office.
He made the portal to sign up in the app, and know what, he fished their details!
From the details, it turns out that the most celebrated app of Prime Minister is not that safe and privacy of the users are at stake.