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IRCTC site hacked, personal data of over 1 crore customers feared stolen

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NEW DELHI — Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), the e-ticketing portal of Indian Railways, is feared to be hacked with reports suggesting that personal data of over 1 crore customers have been stolen from the server.

According to several Indian media reports, the matter came to light after IG, Maharashtra Cyber Cell, informed the Chief Commercial Manager Western Railway about the site being hacked.

“Three days ago, IB cyber cell, Mumbai informed us that some data in the name of IRCTC is in circulation,” IRCTC PRO Sandip Dutta said.

The IRCTC website is used by thousands of customers daily to book railway tickets.

Personal data including phone number, email ids, Aadhaar Card, driving license number, etc. are required to complete the booking process.

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Over 70% of deep-sea fish of Atlantic Ocean have ingested plastic : Study

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Fragments of plastic are found throughout the world, from nearly every continent to nearly every body of water. But, researchers recently have found 73 percent of Northwest Atlantic deep-sea fish are also eating it — the highest reported frequency of plastic-eating fish in the world.

Plastic particles were found in some of the most remote parts of the Atlantic Ocean with almost three quarters of a sample of more than 230 deep-water fish collected by NUI Galway scientists having ingested plastic particles.

The contamination level among the fish species, located in the northwest Atlantic thousands of kilometres from land and 600m down in the ocean, is one of the highest reported frequencies of microplastic occurrence in fish worldwide, according to the study published in the journal Frontiers in Marine Science.

The NUIG scientists, as part of the study, participated in a transatlantic crossing onboard the marine institute’s Celtic Explorer vessel.

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PhD candidate and lead author Alina Wieczorek said, “Deep-water fish migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton [microscopic animals] and this is likely when they are exposed to the microplastics.”

During this research cruise they took dead deep-sea fish from midwater trawls such as the spotted lanternfish, rakery beaconlamp, stout saw-palate and scaly dragonfish.

Microplastics are small plastic fragments that commonly originate from the breakdown of larger plastic items entering the ocean. Other sources may be waste water effluents carrying plastic fibres from clothing and microbeads from personal care products. Due to their low density, most of these microplastics float at the sea surface.

The fish ranged in size from the smallest species the Glacier Lantern at 3.5cm to the largest species, the stout saw-palate at 59cm.

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