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A free insurance bug caused data vulnerabilities on the IRCTC website and app

The personal data (including nominee details) of 200,000 IRCTC passengers was made vulnerable to hacking through a bug which offered free and mandatory travel insurance, reports the Economic Times. It is unclear if any data was stolen, and the the bug reportedly existed for nearly two years. Security researcher Avinash Jain found the bug in IRCTC's website and mobile app link which connects to a third-party insurance company for free travel insurance. Jain said that within 10 minutes of finding the bug, he was able to read the details of around 1000 passengers. Of the 3 companies offering rail travel insurance, the vulnerability was found only in the link to Shriram General Insurance, and not ICICI Lombard General Insurance and Royal Sundaram General Insurance. He reported the matter to IRCTC on 14 August, while the bug was fixed on 29 August. The bug would…

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