According to the Ministry of Health, CoWin holds all immunization data in a safe and secure digital environment, which dismissed accusations of a data breach as “incorrect” and “baseless.”
On Thursday, reports arose stating that a gang of hackers had gained access to the database of around 150 million CoWin subscribers and that the information was for sale.
The investigation is carried out by the Computer Emergency Response Team of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MieIY), the health ministry said, “No CoWin data is shared with any entity outside the CoWin environment.”
“There have been some unfounded media reports of the CoWin platform being hacked. Prima facie, these reports appear to be fake. However, the Union Health Ministry and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) are getting the matter investigated by the Computer Emergency Response Team of Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MielY),” the ministry said in an official statement.
Chairman of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (CoWin) Dr.RS Sharma cleared the statements about the leaked data saying, the data that was allegedly disclosed, such as beneficiary geolocation, is not even gathered at CoWin
He also said, “Our attention has been drawn towards the news circulating on social media about the alleged hacking of the CoWin system. We wish to state that CoWin stores all the vaccination data in a safe and secure digital environment in this connection. No CoWin data is shared with any entity outside the CoWin environment.”