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‘Narendra Modi app’ hacked; 7 million user data under threat?

Raising questions over the cyber security of country, a 22-year-old Mumbai-based hacker claimed that he hacked the Narendra Modi app.

According to YourStory, Javed Khatri a mobile app developer from Mumbai, mailed to the portal on Dec 1 saying that he had hacked the app.

“I am able to access private data of any user on the app. The data includes phone number, email, name, location, interests, last seen etc. I successfully managed to extract the personal phone numbers and email ids of ministers like Smriti Irani (screenshot at the end of the article). Please find attached the screenshot.

“Not only that, I can make any user on the platform follow any other user on the platform. This is just the summary of this huge security loophole which I want to report. The privacy of more than seven million users is at stake if this gets ignored.” the email reads.

The Mumbai-based developer said that his intention was for good, and did not want to cause any damage. He asserts that the developers must pay attention to the privacy of the users.

Khatri replied to a question saying it took him 15-20 minutes to get the entire access and added that the developers left some loopholes in the security of the app.

“It was not that difficult to hack the app. It took me around 15-20 minutes to get the entire access. Although the developers have focused a lot on security, they have left certain loopholes,” he said.

Khatri had given screenshots of some of the details he had extracted which included details of Dr. Jitendra Singh, Minister of State for the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, Prime Minister Office.

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