I am an intermediate-level pentester and I have found very serious security issues in the websites of Allen Career Institute and Sri Chaitanya institute. These issues are so serious that if GDPR laws were applicable in India, these institutes might have been shut down by now.
Allen Career Institute currently has over 2 lakh students studying with them. And all the students' pictures are OPENLY ACCESSIBLE without any authentication credentials and hosted on their domain officeweb.allen.ac.in. I cannot give the full URL here because someone could misuse the students' images. And guess what, there are pictures of children as young as 11 years since Allen starts batches from Class 6. Wonder what a potential abuser could do with the pictures of these young souls.
Not only that, but at the time of admission, Allen takes the full details of a student, including Parents' Name, Blood Group and Residential Address. I was also able to easily retrieve all this information of any student given just his/her registration number.
The security measures on their website are so damn pathetic that an amatuer person like me could easily retrieve such sensitive private details of students without any considerable effort.
And about Sri Chaitanya, they even ask the aadhaar number of the student at the time of admission, and their test website epraghna.com is so-poorly देसीgned that I managed to reset any student's password with just a custom POST request. Then I was able to view all of his/her details.
These institutes need to be charged and strict legal action should be taken against them in these matters. There is little awareness about privacy laws in this country. These institutes earn so much yet they care nothing about students' privacy.
I tried to contact both the institutes by email but none responded. Seems that they only respond to people who are interested in buying their courses.
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