The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has registered an FIR for unauthorised access to Aadhaar data. after Tribune new published.
The Tribune, a correspondent “purchased” a service from an anonymous seller on WhatsApp by paying Rs 500 via Paytm. Within minutes, the agent provided a login ID and password to a portal where the correspondent could enter any Aadhaar number and gain instant access to all of its details including name, address, phone number, photo and email, the report claimed.
Aadhaar details available for Rs 500
The Tribune investigation revealed that the operation seemed to have started around six months ago. Some anonymous groups were created on WhatsApp who began by targeting over 3-lakh village-level enterprises (VLE) hired by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (ME&IT) under the Common Service Centres Scheme (CSCS) and offered them unrestricted access to all Aadhaar details that have been created so far. Initially, the CSCS was entrusted with making Aadhaar card in India, but their job was soon taken and given to post offices and designated banks in November to avoid security breaches.
The perils of making Aadhaar mandatory and linking it to bank accounts, as insisted upon by Modi govt, are visible here. Do we need more proof to stop this madness? https://t.co/9OEbitCmDO
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) January 4, 2018
‘AADHAR’ data breached yet again!
As every citizen’s personal information is exposed to hackers everyday & ‘Right to Privacy’ is mocked and flouted with impunity, Modi Govt remains immune.
Is anyone listening?https://t.co/UDSfOlSWv9
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 4, 2018