Provident Fund Portal Hacked, 2.7 Crore People Face Data Theft

A cyber Attack launch into Indian Provident Fund Portal called “Employees  Provident Fund Organization(EPFO)” and hackers may have been stolen around 27 Million registered peoples sensitive data.

The personal and professional details of about 27 Million Indian Peoples registered with the retirement fund body Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO).

A hacked website (Aadhaar.epfoservices.com) provides an Aadhaar Seeding Service for EPFO that has been managed under Indian Government infrastructure called Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

Attackers Exploiting two critical vulnerabilities called Struct Vulnerability Backdoor shell which exists on the hacked website that allow an attacker to successfully compromise the website and gave access to stolen the million of Peoples Sensitive Data.

“backdoor shells” allows hackers gaining control of a portal’s administrator privileges and “Apache Struts”, a widely used Java application that contains a critical vulnerability.

This Attack was launched to target an Aadhaar number and cybercriminals may have been stolen a huge amount of data and the breach has been notified on 22/03/2018.

In the letter checked secret, the official composed that the Intelligence Bureau (IB) had Informed them of”hackers exploiting the vulnerabilities prevailing in the website (aadhaar.epfoservices.com) of EPFO.

EPFO is just one of many government departments that use this platform for Aadhaar-seeding various services.

Cyber Security Experts Said, “Each person contributes 12% of salary as provident fund, so salary details could also have been stolen. Also, the bank account numbers as people tend to withdraw their PF,”.

The report additionally includes that the central provident fund commissioner has asked the service’s specialized staff to plug vulnerabilities on the entryway that has now been temporarily shut down. For the obscure, the entrance interfaces the Aadhaar number of all workers with their provident fund accounts.

The hacked website contains information about the names and addresses of EPF subscribers besides their employment history.

Aadhaar Officials said “This matter does not pertain at all to any Aadhaar data breach from UIDAI servers. There is absolutely no breach into Aadhaar database of UIDAI. Aadhaar data remains safe and secure,”

Last month Rajya Sabha Website was Hacked, the attacker gained members account.

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Jai Prajapati

Jai Prajapati is a security analyst and author for Securityleaks, where he passion for covering latest happening in cybersecurity world such as malware, breaches, vulnerabilities, exploits, white-papers, hacking newsbytes, Dark Web, hacking tutorials and a few more.

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