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Last Updated Wednesday January 29 2020 03:43 AM IST

Beware: Your data collected for new ration card are public now

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Dubai: Highly 'sensitive personal data' of over 34 million Keralites have been leaked in one of the biggest data breaches in the world, a Gulf based media reported Thursday.

Gulf News website reported that a Keralite living in Tokyo publicised sensitive information of all of Kerala's 80,22,360 Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiaries and their family members by hacking the state civil supplies department's website.

"An Indian man living in Tokyo hacked the Kerala government's civil supplies department website and uploaded the sensitive information of all of Kerala's 80,22,360 Public Distribution System (PDS) beneficiaries and their family members on Facebook," the shocking report said.

The hacker allegedly revealed names, addresses, birth dates, gender, monthly incomes, electoral card details, consumer numbers of power and cooking gas connections.

Quoting the hacker, identified as Tokyo-based IT consultant N.T.R., the report said the data could be used for making duplicate SIM cards and net banking passwords.

According to the website, the hacker, who is a Thiruvananthapuram native, took the extreme step just to expose the security flaws in the site after attempts to draw attention towards them fell on deaf ears. The website is designed, developed and hosted by India’s National Informatics Center (NIC).

He said breaking into the website was easy as the government had made a major gaffe by posting the entire list of PDS beneficiaries online.

Onmanorama could not immediately contact government officials to confirm the report.

Prepared as part of the Food Security Act 2013, the list was released last month.

Kerala government put the list online for ration card holders to verify their personal data and apply for corrections before new ration cards are printed in 2017.

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