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No cyber breach into NIC email system, govt clarifies

  • Integrity Education, Delhi
  • 14, Jun 2021
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Government has clarified that there is no cyber breach into NIC email system. The email system is totally safe and secure. A media story on impact of data breaches in organisations such as Air India, Big Basket and Domino’s has claimed that these breaches have exposed email accounts and passwords of NIC emails to the hackers. Electronics and IT Ministry has clarified that there has been no cyber breach into the email system of the Government of India maintained by the National Informatics Centre. It said, cyber security 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.
The Ministry said, NIC Email system has put in place several security measures such as two factor authentication and change of password in 90 days. It said, 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. NIC also undertakes user awareness drives from time to time and keeps updating the users about potential risks and safety protocols.

Sources : News On Air