An official from IRCTC has denied the wide spreading news that IRCTC website was hacked. He further said that a committee has been formed to enquire into the suspected data breach.
Maharashtra Cyber Cell informed IRCTC about the news of data theft of IRCTC users, according to a news report.
Sandip Dutta, IRCTC PRO said, “No hacking has been done as we have checked our data for the last month. As far the reports for data theft are concerned, we have formed a committee to look into this matter.” This was in response to a news report that said the data of 1 crore IRCTC customers has been stolen.
Datta added, “Till now, we have not been given the possession of data which cyber cell is talking about. Once we will be handled that data then we will let you know whether it belongs to IRCTC or not. We are eagerly waiting for the data to be given to us so that a report can be published about that data, whether it belongs to us or not.”
IRCTC has a total user-base of 39 million customers and around 5 lakh tickets are sold every month. It has 50 million daily visitors. If the suspected hack comes to be true then this will be the biggest ever data hack in Indian Internet history.
IRCTC is has turned on the damage control mode currently and is using its Twitter handle to respond to each mention of suspected data breach.