- Dr R S Sharma, head of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC), confirmed that assertions made on the dark web by so-called hackers about claimed Indian Co-WIN system hacking and data leaks were false.
- According to press reports, the two Florida hospitals turned off several systems to preserve patient information during the event, switching to pen and paper to chronicle patient visits.
Indian Co-WIN system not hacked.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology’sTechnology’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) investigated the purported hacking of the Co-WIN system and determined that it was a false claim.
Co-WIN is a website that allows citizens to register for the Covid-19 vaccine, schedule their immunisation at a local vaccination centre, and receive their vaccination certificates.
Dr R S Sharma, head of the Empowered Group on Vaccine Administration (EGVAC), confirmed that assertions made on the dark web by so-called hackers about claimed Co-WIN system hacking and data leaks were false. “We will continue to take appropriate steps as needed from time to time to guarantee that people’s data is secure through Co-WIN,” Sharma said in a statement released by the Union health ministry.
Sharma claimed that the Co-WIN system had various firewalls to prevent such incidents. The CERT and the Co-WIN team both confirmed that no such incident had occurred. In an interview with a television channel, he indicated that the system prevented data downloads beyond a specific amount at both the application and cloud level.
He stated that the only information maintained about citizens was their names, ages, genders, and phone numbers, which we kept in a safe and secure environment with encrypted data. According to Sharma, the only information they were disseminating was a digital immunisation certificate.
Sharma also mentioned that a capability for residents to report any adverse events following vaccination was being considered for inclusion in the Co-WIN system. The system now allows for corrections to the name of the vaccinated person on the vaccine certificate, with almost two lakh errors fixed so far.
Cyberattack at Florida hospitals
According to an official, experts are looking into two central Florida hospitals computer systems after exhibiting odd behaviour symptoms.
According to press reports, the Villages Regional Hospital and the UF Health Leesburg Hospital shut down several systems. They did this to preserve patient information during the event on Monday night, moving to pen and paper to document patient visits.
The Orlando Sentinel quoted Frank Faust, a spokesman at the University of Florida’sFlorida’s Health Central Florida, as saying, “We have subsequently found that the activity was tied to a cybersecurity event.” “In terms of protected information, we think no patient or personnel records have been hacked or disclosed at this time.” Mr Faust stated that the University of Florida’sFlorida’s information technology staff were looking into the matter.
Mr Faust explained, “These kinds of situations take time to resolve thoroughly.” “We are continuing our rigorous investigation to carefully and exactly understand what occurred, and we are taking the necessary steps to address any issues.”