New Delhi, May 2: In a shocking revelation, Aadhaar details of employees registered under retirement body Employees' Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) have been leaked. According to tweets by Twitter users @raydeep and @arvindgunasekar, the EPFO data has been stolen by hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities in the website aadhaar.epfoservices.com.
The users attached the letter stating the data leak. In a letter titled 'Secret' dated March 23, EPFO said that the central intelligence bureau had intimated of “hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing on the website (aadhaar.epfoservices.com) of EPFO.”
The letter has a subject saying, “Data Theft from ICT Infrastructure of Aadhaar Seeding Service for Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation”. The letter said, “You are requested to deploy immediately your Technical Team in order to plug in the identified as well as other vulnerabilities if any”.
EPFO data stolen by hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing in the website (https://t.co/ohpaCFwomY) : VP Joy, Central Provident Fund Commissioner to MeitY.
Aadhaar case in SC at the last stage, how will the Govt defend this now ? pic.twitter.com/yYQJ3qDiCh
— Arvind Gunasekar (@arvindgunasekar) May 2, 2018
Shocking letter of Central Provident Fund Commissioner Dr VP Joy @socialepfo to CSC, @GoI_MeitYto - EPFO data stolen by hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities in the website https://t.co/jpLUGuJmlr pic.twitter.com/ahnStQZ0aF
— Kirandeep (@raydeep) May 2, 2018
Currently, of the 4.6 crore contributing members, as many as 2.75 crore have seeded their Aadhaar with their PF accounts. However, out of this 2.75 crore, 1.25 crore Aadhaar numbers have been verified. The EPFO has a mandate to verify all Aadhaar-seeded PF accounts for the switch to AEPS, which is seen to completely change the experience and efficiency of services for the better.
EPFO denied any Aadhaar data leak. Here is the clarification of the same:
— EPF INDIA (@socialepfo) May 2, 2018
However, LatestLY does not verify the authenticity of the above-mentioned letter. We shall update as soon as we get further information.
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