Centre informed the parliament that all Co-WIN APIs for both government and private sector were deactivated immediately thus completely restricting Co-WIN access.
It has details of over 100 crore individuals, including over four crore children between the age of 12-14 and over 37 crore people over the age of 45.
There have been claims about a breach of data of citizens registered on the CoWIN platform, and opposition parties have asked the government to take deterrent action.
The bottom line remained that data was on the loose on the darknet, and it happened within the present government’s tenure at the Centre. No amount of spinning can take away that impression.
This is not the first time CoWIN has come under the scanner for being vulnerable to data breaches. Such a breach was also reported in 2022.
A bot on a Telegram group was providing details like names, dates of birth, and phone numbers besides other information like passport or Aadhar number of individuals registered on the CoWIN portal.