Data of stranded persons who registered on the government website leaked creating apprehension on personal data breach Credit: Representational Image

Kohima: A major data breach in the government of Nagaland website to help citizens stranded outside the state has led to personal details of these individuals being exposed. Personal information including bank account details, AADHAAR number, phone numbers, address etc have been leaked into the public domain. This is serious as this private data could be used by online fraudsters. Altogether personal data of over 900 people stuck in 21 states has been leaked.

The data was shared by individuals wishing to avail the monetary package announced by the government for students, working professionals and patients who are presently stranded outside the state due to the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. They had to register on and fill in their personal details.

When contacted, home commissioner Abhijit Sinha, IAS, told EastMojo that the “point from where the details managed to go [leak]” is being investigated. Sinha urged the people “not worry at all” as the matter is under investigation.

“Those who need assistance and are presently outside [the state] and have not yet applied, may visit the portal and apply without getting worried,” he told EastMojo. Further adding that the breach of confidential information is a separate issue, he reiterated that the “matter is being looked into”.

Nagaland police ADGP (law and order), Renchamo Kikon says that the police is on the job and has initiated an enquiry. A team of police officers is looking into the data leak

As reported earlier, the state government has announced a special package for distressed/stranded citizens outside the state. The scale of cash assistance is Rs 20,000 for a patient, Rs 4, 000 for a stranded professional or working person and Rs 3, 000 for a stranded student.

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