Govt rules out data breach of National Informatics Centre, says email system secure

Jun 14 2021 08:01 AM
Govt rules out data breach of National Informatics Centre, says email system secure

NEW DELH: The government has said that here has been no data breach into the government's email system maintained by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), according to an official release on Sunday.

The clarification comes on the background of reports on impact of data breaches in organisations like Air India, Big Basket and Domino's which claimed that these breaches have exposed email accounts and passwords of NIC emails to the hackers.

NIC Email system has put in place several security measures such as two factor authentication and change of password in 90 days, said the official statement.

It further said that cybersecurity breach on external portals may not impact the users of Government Email Service, unless the government users have registered on these portals using their government email address and have used the same password as the one used in the government email account.

Further, any change of password in NIC Email requires mobile OTP and if the mobile OTP is incorrect then change of password will not be possible. "Any attempt of phishing using NIC Email can be mitigated by NIC. NIC also undertakes user awareness drives from time to time and keeps updating the users about potential risks and safety protocols," it added.

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