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EPFO Data Leak: Retirement Fund Body Suspends CSC Services And Denies Reports

Amidst continuous EPFO data leak reports regarding data theft of about 2.7 crore people registered with the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO), the retirement fund body denied accusations that such information was exposed to hackers.

According to The Quint, the body stated, “Services pertaining to Aadhaar-seeding with PF accounts done by Common Service Centre (CSC) have been suspended pending vulnerability checks”.

The statement comes amidst reports of a letter regarding EPFO data leak. The letter bought the data leak issue under the light. It was written by EPFO Central Provident Fund Commissioner VP Joy to CSC’s CEO Dinesh Tyagi on 23rd March 2018.

During the revelation about CSC services being suspended, the EPFO stated that the services were discontinued based on warnings received about the loopholes about the software in a routine process on the services. The EPFO further elucidated that there are no dangers to be concerned about. As measures have been taken to ensure that no such data leak takes place ever.

EPFO Data Leak: Body Denies Reports

In a statement, the EPFO noted that the data leaked hasn’t been confirmed yet. So it can’t be established as a fact. In line with the data security and protection, the body had taken advance action by suspended the CSC server and service pending vulnerability checks.

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The EPFO statement has come amidst reports which suggest that subscriber data has been leaked by hackers. The leak happened from ‘aadhaar.epfoservices.com’. It is a webpage maintained by CSC. It comes under the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

The EPFO data leak issue was raised by VP Joy in a 23rd March 2018 dated letter.

The letter mentioned that the data was leaked by hackers through exploiting the loopholes in the mentioned website of EPFO maintained by CSC. EPFO has been seeding Aadhaar with PF numbers to facilitate better service delivery. It has planned on going paperless by August 2018, with everything taking place online.

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Moreover, UIDAI has stated that data hasn’t been leaked. It further confirmed that the database was safe and secure. The Quint report also mentioned that a top IT ministry official has mentioned that the ministry would take action to eliminate the alleged loopholes.

These alleged reports have surfaced when the Aadhaar and its biometrics are a nationwide topic for debate regarding data issues. Hopefully, the government resolves the issue and brings peace and order.

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