Provident Fund Portal Hacked, 2.7 Crore People Face Data
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Sensitive data of over 2.7 crores employees has been put at stake after the EPF web portal has been hacked. What’s more shocking is that Commissioner for Central Provident Fund has informed the Ministry for Communication regarding the data leak.
In a special letter written by the Intelligence Bureau Commissioner, titled ‘secret’, it is stated that poor security features and loopholes in the website’s coding have been the reason the data leak. Authorities have discovered that the data has been hacked in March 2018, after the employees were asked to link their Aadhaar Card to their accounts. The website has gone down since the news broke out.
Meanwhile, the EPFO issued a press release claiming that no data leak took place, and news about it is fake. ‘The news pertaining to the data leak from EPF web portal is false. We have shut down the site to complete the process of linking Aadhaar with the individuals’ accounts. The site is currently under maintenance, and will function much faster, with improved security once it is up and running’, read the press release.