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Updated: IRCTC website may be hacked and user data could be at risk; officials deny attack

Update: The Ministry of Railways has informed through a PIB release that there has been no hacking attempts made on the IRCTC site or servers/databases. It added that the site is working normally without any unauthorized interference or discrepancies. The Ministry further said that there sufficient "safeguards" already in place to prevent any security breach or attacks, and also claims to conduct biannual security audit of  IRCTC website regularly. "In addition to this, 24x7 monitoring of the system is done throughout the year by technical team of experts. All the components of the system are functioning normal and no unusual activity has been discovered. All sensitive data like passwords etc are stored in encrypted form," added the Railway Ministry. Earlier: The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) website used for online rail bookings is suspected to be hacked by…

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