The Ministry of Health and the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC) have asked the Computer Emergency Response Team of the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (MietY) to investigate reports of hacking attacks on the CoWIN platform, a digital portal for registering vaccinations. There have been some media reports of the CoWIN platform being hacked.
“Our attention was drawn to news circulating on social media about the alleged hacking of the CoWIN system. In this context, we would like to point out that CoWIN stores all vaccination data in a secure digital environment, ”said RS Sharma, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health Authority and responsible for the CoWIN platform.
“No CoWIN data is shared with any entity outside of the CoWIN environment. The data that allegedly leaked, such as beneficiary geolocation, is not even collected at CoWIN, ”he added.
The government’s statement comes after reports surfaced on the Twitter microblogging site that CoWIN was hacked and data on approximately 150 million people who had been vaccinated were sold.