Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) was hacked recently with personal data of around 1 crore customers feared stolen.
While TOI claims that the server of the e-ticketing portal was hacked, the exact date or time of the hack is not clear as details have not been provided by any IRCTC official.
On the other hand, the Indian Express rubbish
es the hacking report and quotes IRCTC PRO Sandip Dutta stating that there has been absolutely “no hacking attempt on the site” yet a probe has been ordered.
The hack raises fears of safety and security for millions of people as IRCTC is India’s largest e-commerce website.
Further, lakhs of transactions are conducted on the portal every day and customers regularly provide sensitive information like Pan Card numbers while they are filling up online reservation forms.
The report that claims that the hack did occur also states that it has left senior railway officials worried. “Somebody can create forged documents on the basis of the stolen data” and that it can be “sold to corporations who may use it for targeting potential consumers,” one unnamed official is believed to have said.
Though more information is still awaited on the hack, IRCTC, for now, has alerted the Maharashtra government along with the state police.