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EPFO stops services provided at CSCs

The Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) on Wednesday said it had discontinued services provided through Common Service Centres (CSC), “pending vulnerability checks”. However, it added that no data had been leaked.

The statement follows reports alleging theft of subscriber data by hackers from the website ‘aadhaar.epfoservices.com’, operated by CSCs, which comes under the Ministry of Electronics and IT.

“Warnings regarding vulnerabilities in data or software is a routine administrative process based on which the services which were rendered through CSC have been discontinued from March 22, 2018,” EPFO said in a statement.

‘Advance action’

It added that no confirmed data leakage had been established or observed so far. “As part of the data security and protection, EPFO has taken advance action by closing the server and host service through Common Service Centres pending vulnerability checks.”

EPFO, which has been seeding Aadhaar data with Universal Account numbers, said it had been taking necessary precautions and measures to ensure that no data leakage takes place and will continue to be vigilant about it in future. A senior IT ministry official said the Ministry would take action ‘to plug any gaps that exist’.

In a separate statement, UIDAI clarified that the said website [aadhaar.epfoservices.com] did not belong to UIDAI “in any manner whatsoever. 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.”

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