Give Rs 500 And You Can Have Authorization To 1 Billion Aadhaar Numbers
As per a report in The Tribune, posted on January 4, 2018, the safety of your Aadhaar numbers is below grave risk. The UIDAI had claimed that biometric data and Aadhaar numbers are secure and safe and yet, reports keep coming up that gravely question their statements.
In the frightening report, Tribune News Service’s Rachna Khaira claims how the newspaper brought a service by anonymous traders being provided on WhatsApp that offer complete access to any of the 1 Billion Aadhaar numbers in the country.
“It took only 10 Minutes, and Rs 500, paid via Paytm, in which a mediator of the group operating the racket made a gateway for this reporter and offered a password and a login ID. And to the surprise, you might enter in the portal any Aadhaar number, and instantaneously get all details that a person might have given to the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), comprising address, name, photo, postal code (PIN), email, and phone number,” the report claimed.
“The perils of making Aadhaar mandatory and linking it to bank accounts, as insisted upon by Modi Government, are visible here. Do we need more proof to stop this madness?” Sitaram Yechury, the CPI-M leader, tweeted.
On the other hand, that is not all. When the newspaper gave a paltry amount of Rs. 300 extra, they were given authorization to software that made the process of printing of the Aadhaar card easy after entering the number. Executives of UIDAI in Chandigarh showed shock when they learnt of this and decided that it appeared to be a huge breach to the national security and safety. They also took the matter in Bengaluru up with their advisors. Randeep S Surjewala, the well-known MLA of Congress, also smacked out at the breach of the UIDAI.