In a major setback to the government’s efforts to secure personal data of people in its various sites, data of around one crore customers is feared to have been compromised from the server of e-ticketing portal of Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) – www.irctc.co.in.
India’s largest e-commerce website, lakhs of transactions are conducted every day through IRCTC’s portal. Customers provide details like Pan Card numbers while filling up the online reservation forms. This leaves the scope for the unscrupulous elements to create forged documents on the basis of the stolen data.
The data is a valuable asset and can be sold to companies, who could use it for targeting potential consumers, an IRCTC official said adding that the Maharashtra Government has been alerted in the wake of the revelation.
Maharashtra’s Additional Chief Secretary (Home) KP Bakshi confirmed to the media that the state police have alerted the railways, without giving further details.