In what can only be seen as a rise in hacking incidents in the country, personal data of nearly 1 crore consumers might have been stolen from Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation’s (IRCTC) servers.
According to a TOI report, the hacking incident could lead to miscreants forging documents with the stolen data. “Somebody can create forged documents on the basis of the stolen data,” a senior Railways official was quoted as saying.
IRCTC’s e-ticketing website sees nearly lakhs of transactions daily with consumers even filling up details like Pan Card numbers on the site.
“The data is a valuable asset and can be sold to corporations who may use it for targeting potential consumers,” a source working at IRCTC was quoted as saying. He added that the Maharashtra government has been alerted.
The IRCTC public relations officer said that the police is yet to share the data with them, after which they would look into the matter and issue a detailed statement.
“IG Maharashtra police cyber cell has informed IRCTC about Data theft from its website but the details of the said data are still to be shared with IRCTC. IRCTC will be issuing a detailed press note later today,” he said.
(With inputs from ANI)