It will take just 500 rupees to access the Aadhaar data of a billion of Indian citizens. According to a report published on the tribune, they’ve purchased a service offered by an anonymous dealer over whatsapp that provided them ability to access to details of billions of Addhar numbers.
According to the report, they’ve paid 500 rupees or $8 and the anonymous person gave them a Log in id and password of a gateway, by which anyone could enter to the UIDAI portal and can access to anyone’s aadhaar personal identification details including name,photos,mobile numbers, PIN code,address. Not only this, an “agent” of the group running the racket, offered a software that could print the details of Aadhaar cards.
Furthermore they’ve claimed that there is existence of this racket since the past six months or more. Last year in November, UIDAI stated Aadhaar data is totally secured and safe, and there has been no data breach from UIDAI data base. Though there was a case last year, where details of millions of jio users were uploaded on a mysterious website, though the website was taken down right after the data leak.
Additional Director General of UIDAI Regional Center, Sanjay Jindal stated, “Except the Director-General and I, no third person in Punjab should have a login access to our official portal. Anyone else having access is illegal, and is a major national security breach.
While UIDAI called this “a case of misreporting” and denied about the possibility of Aadhaar data breach. As per the authority, some people misused the demographic search facility of the database which is provided to the officials to retrieve details of people who’ve lost their Aadhaar card. As per UIDAI aadhaar card information leak or breach can’t lead to any kind of fraud or financial loses as it requires iris recognition or fingerprint authentication to gain access. Also the government tweeted a series of tweet to claim that there was no data leak and further more actions will be taken against the illegal activists including FIR.