While already lakhs of subscribers to the Employees’ Provident Fund have linked their Aadhaar card to their Provident Fund account to avail a number of benefits such as withdrawal without the attestation of their employer, seamless transfer of their PF account, and so on, the Central Bureau of Investigation recently informed the Labour and Employment Ministry that there could have been a possible data theft of the subscribers Aadhaar details, prompting the EPFO (Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation) to shut the Aadhaar seeding portal to rectify the issue.
Commenting on the issue and the possible Aadhaar data leak, Provident Fund commissioner, VP Joy, said that the CBI has intimated the organisation and has warned them of a possible exploitation of confidential details of their subscribers by hackers. The organisation has reported the matter to the Common Service Centre (CSC) – which manages and runs the EPFO website – to plug all the loopholes and vulnerabilities of the website. Adding to his comment, VP Joy has palmed the blame onto the Common Service Centre (CSC) and said there has been no breach of the EPFO’s server nor does he have any knowledge of the confidential data of PF subscribers being stolen. Joy concluded by saying that the breach was from the website’s back-end, giving hackers administrative privileges over the details of the PF subscribers.
The information of the Aadhaar card theft from the EPFO website just comes a few days after the Aadhaar information of India Post account holders was stolen by hackers due to the same sort of website vulnerability.