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Digital platforms are under threat: Congress on demonetisation

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Claiming digital data and digital financial platforms are under the threat, Congress on Thursday alleged that the union government diverting the attention of people from serious issue of Cyber Security by raising slogans of cashless economy.

“Brazen and repeated hacking attempts have exposed the complete vulnerability of cyber security as also lack of safety of digital data and payment gateways thereby exposing the privacy of millions of Indians using e-wallets, USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data), UPI (Unified Payment Interface) and Net Banking” Congress MP  Abhishek Singhvi said.

He said that the biggest financial theft’ in India’s history, reported on October 20th, 2016 as data of 65 lakh ‘Debit Cards’ was breached but government has been failed to take action against culprits.

Singhvi said that the latest reports pointing towards compromise of digital transactions and digital financial platforms are even more alarming.

“Group of rogue hackers terming themselves as ‘Legion’ claim to have hacked the servers of NPCI and are threatening to publish the details of all digital transactions” he said and added even computers of Ministry of Home Affairs, were hacked and the Ministry has asked CERT-In to examine the online system for detecting the alleged hack.

Sharing a conversation of reporter with PayTM founder Vijay Shekhar, Singhvi said that same group of miscreants’ claims to have compromised the data of India’s biggest e-wallet company – PayTM.

“Equally worrisome is their claim that they have a dump of emails of India’s Parliamentarians from ‘sansad.nic.in’. They have also purportedly released a series of emails and passwords of a number of Chartered Accountants leaving confidential client data vulnerable to public consumption and open to business rivals” he said.

He said if there is an iota of truth in these claims made by the hackers to a number of leading online and print publications, it is extremely dangerous for digital safety putting a serious question mark on the security of the digital architecture in India.

He suggested that the government should come up new stringent cyber laws instead pushing for cashless economy


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