03 May, 2018 1:10p.m.

EPFO denies data theft / hacking

Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) had shut down the portal that it uses to for Aadhaar seeding with provident fund accounts of its subscribers following an alleged data breach where confidential user information was stolen by hackers. The issue was purportedly raised by EPFO Central Provident Fund Commissioner V P Joy in a letter to Common Service Centre (CSC) Chief Executive Dinesh Tyagi on March 23.

EPFO on Wednesday said no confirmed data leakage had been established. "No confirmed data leakage has been established or observed so far. As part of the data security and protection, the EPFO has taken advance action by closing the server and host service through the CSC pending vulnerability checks," it said in a statement.

While announcing the suspension of CSC services, the EPFO said the services were being discontinued on the basis of warnings regarding vulnerabilities in software. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), the Aadhaar-issuing body, said the matter does not pertain to any data breach from UIDAI server as the alleged data breach took place on a website that does not belong to it.

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