New DelhiThe government has denied the news of a cyber attack on its email system. On Sunday, it said its email system had not been cyber-attacked. It is maintained by the National Informatics Center (NIC). The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has issued a release in this regard. It dismissed such a news saying that the email system is completely secure. The news claimed that NIC email accounts and passwords were passed on to hackers due to breaches in the data of organizations like Air India, Big Basket and Domino’s. “In view of this, it is necessary to clarify that there has been no cyber attack on the Government of India email system maintained by NIC,” the release said. The email system is completely secure.’ It also said that the cyber attack on the external portal may not affect the users of the government’s email service. The effect will be only if the users have used their official email address on these portals and the same password which is associated with the government email account. According to the release, the NIC email system has several security measures such as two-factor authentication and password change within 90 days. Also, Mobile OTP (One Time Password) is required to change the password of NIC email. Changing the password will not be possible if the wrong mobile OTP is entered. It said that NIC conducts awareness campaigns from time to time and sensitizes the users about potential hazards and safety protocols.
[Attribution to NBT]