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Govt denies data breach of National Informatics Centre, email system secure

New Delhi: According to an official release on Sunday, the government has said that there has been no data breach in the government’s email system maintained by the National Informatics Center (NIC) here.

The clarification comes on the backdrop of reports on the impact of data breaches at organizations such as Air India, Big Basket and Domino’s, which claimed that these breaches exposed the email accounts and passwords of NIC emails to hackers.

The NIC email system has taken several security measures such as two-factor authentication and password change in 90 days, the official statement said.

It further said that the cyber security breach on external portals cannot affect the users of the government email service, unless the government users are registered on these portals using their government email address and use the same password as the government email address. Used in email account.

Further, mobile OTP is required for any change of password in NIC email and if the mobile OTP is incorrect then it will not be possible to change the password. "Any phishing attempts can be mitigated by NIC by using NIC email. NIC also conducts user awareness campaigns from time to time and keeps the users updated about the potential risks and safety protocols."

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