Aadhar card: Access to billion Aadhaar details in Rs 500 ? It was only last November that the UIDAI asserted that “Aadhaar data is fully safe and secure and there has been no data leak or breach at UIDAI.” Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Thursday dismissed a media report which claimed that anonymous people were selling details of a billion Aadhaar Card account holders over WhatsApp groups for just Rs 500. According to a statement issued today, the UIDAI has suggested it’s a case of misuse of the grievance redressal search facility at the disposal of designated personnel and state government officials.It took just Rs 500, paid through Paytm, and 10 minutes in which an “agent” of the group running the racket created a “gateway” for this correspondent and gave a login ID and password. Lo and behold, you could enter any Aadhaar number in the portal, and instantly get all particulars that an individual may have submitted to the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), including name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email.UIDAI has said it is looking into the case, but assured there has been no data breach of biometric database. “As UIDAI maintains a complete log and traceability of the facility, the legal action including lodging of FIR against the persons involved in the instant case is being done,” it said. The report also claimed that there were around one lakh illegal users and the racket might have started six months ago. It said some persons had misused demographic search facility which was given to designated officials to help residents who had lost Aadhaar/enrollment slip to retrieve their details.
According to the sources 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 in 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.
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