Thiruvananthapuram:  In a major security breach, the official database maintained by the Motor Vehicles Department in Kerala has apparently been compromised. The details on the website, access to which is regulated to official circles, has been published by a private company on their website.

The Transport Commissionerate has initiated an enquiry into the security breach. Details of over one crore vehicle owners in the state, including addresses and phone numbers have been published on the website. The company has claimed that it holds the registration details of over 20 crore vehicle owners across the country.

Preliminary assumption is that the leaked details have something to do with the handover of information for the nationwide registry 'Vahan Sarathy'. Starting from 2010, the vehicle registration details have been stored in a digital format in Kerala. Later the earlier registrations were also digitized. The details regarding various fines paid by the owners have also leaked.

The official website of MVD gives limited amount of information to users through their website. Special care was taken to ensure details such as addresses and mobile numbers of women vehicle owners do not get misused.

Apart from the MVD officials, the enforcement officials and the NIC (National Informatics Centre), that developed the database, have access to the website. Having been at the receiving end of intense criticism for the lapse, the department is scrambling to ensure that at least the new registration details are safely guarded against unauthorised leakage.