According to a report in The Tribune, published on January 4, anonymous sellers on Whatsapp are providing ‘unrestricted’ access to the Aadhaar details of more than a billion Indians for just Rs 500. The investigation has shown that details of the 12-digit unique identification number are easily accessible.
Security of Aadhaar numbers is under serious threat?
According to The Tribune the sellers over WhatsApp are providing details for exchange of only Rs 500 over Paytm, the “agents” create a “gateway” and pass on login ID and passwords.
What is more shocking that you could enter any Aadhaar number in the portal, and immediately get all details that an individual may have submitted to the UIDAI such as name, address, postal code (PIN), phone number, photo and email.
Privacy at risk?
The report reveals that the racket may have started 6 months ago when over 300,000 Village Level Operators(VLEs), earlier mandated to make Aadhaar cards across India. Every time the UIDAI had stated that Aadhaar numbers and biometric data are very safe but this report has questioned their claims.
UIDAI has linked Aadhaar to person’s fingerprints and iris scans. If by paying ₹500, anyone can have access to 1 Billion Aadhaar numbers then it would be a serious breach of national security.
This news has created a spark over social media as well. Here tweets by prominent individuals & common people who are raising questions on security.
A Tweet By INC India
Rs 500. That’s all it takes for someone to steal the data of a billion citizens. Envisioned by UPA as a tool for inclusion, #Aadhaar has become an identity theft nightmare under the NDA. https://t.co/bj5AWLR9JU
— Congress (@INCIndia) January 4, 2018
This is a Giant National Security Disaster
Just imagine, if a journalist could access the database so easily (in 10 mins!) in just Rs 500, who knows which other foreign entity has already gained access? Someone from an enemy state might have gained access too.
This is a giant giant national security disaster.
— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) January 4, 2018
Right to Privacy is Mocked- Congress MLA Randeep S Surjewala
‘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
A Tweet by CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury
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
What are your views about Aadhaar breach? If true, this would be a serious breach of national security People’s fingerprints and iris scans are also linked with their Aadhaar.