UIDAI probing reported Aadhaar data breach, but denies information leak

UIDAI probing reported Aadhaar data breach, but denies information leak

As of now, this centralized govt database named Aadhaar has been breached, as claimed by a local news outlet The Tribune. According to a report by the Guardian, India's Aadhaar citizen information database has also been breached. "The Aadhaar data including biometric information is fully safe and secure". The report added that paying an additional Rs 300 also granted access to software that allowed the printing of Aadhaar cards.

The Tribune newspaper claims that it bought specialised access to the Aadhaar website from an "agent" who was advertising about such service on a WhatsApp group. It described The Tribune report titled "Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details" a case of misreporting.

"Critics have repeatedly warned that the scheme puts personal information at risk" and have criticised government efforts to compulsorily link it to bank accounts and mobile phone numbers. "UIDAI maintains complete log and traceability of the facility and any misuse can be traced and appropriate action taken".

In a counter argument, the authority said that a mere display of demographic information could not be misused without biometrics.

"Aadhaar data has been accessed by unauthorised people".

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Within hours of the report by the Tribune, India's CM-led political party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rejected the news and called it as "fake news".

Though the newspaper didn't clarify whether or not they were able to access such sensitive citizen information - previously-mentioned fingerprint or iris scan records - they have claimed that they were able to "get all particulars that an individual may have submitted to the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India)", including names, addresses, photos, etc.

This isn't the first time the UIDAI has found itself in a controversy over the security of Aadhaar database. "I know how anxious friends in India have been for a while now about #Aadhaar and this is why: if you digitise it, sooner or later you must expect it will be abused", a well-known security researcher Troy Hunt tweeted.

Snowden said on Twitter, "It is the natural tendency of government to desire flawless records of private lives".

"History has shown that no matter what the laws are, the result is always abuse, " he said.

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