An IRCTC official denied recent news reports that its website was hacked, and said that a committee has been formed to enquire into an alleged data breach.
"There has been no hacking as such, we've checked our data for the last one month and beyond that. As for the report as far as data theft is concerned, a committee has been formed and they are enquiring into the matter," said IRCTC PRO Sandip Dutta, in response to a news report which said that personal data of one crore (10 million) IRCTC users is likely to have been stolen.
"Right now we are not even in possession of that data which the cyber cell is talking about. Unless we are in possession of that data, we are not in a position to let you know if the data belongs to IRCTC or not," Datta said. "We're waiting for that data to be given to us, so that we can establish whether that data belongs to IRCTC or someone else, and if it's been sold in the name of IRCTC."
IRCTC has a total user-base of 39 million, and sells 500,000 tickets every month, with 50 million daily visitors, according to its stats listed on its website. If the alleged hack turns out to be legitimate, it could potentially be the biggest data breach in India's Internet history.
IRCTC is currently in damage control mode, and is using its Twitter handle to respond to every mention of the alleged data breach.