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4 Times Aadhaar Card ‘Goof-Up’ Popped Out

Here are 4 real-time situations that laid Aadhaar under the eyes of suspicion

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Since when Aadhaar card came into limelight it has always been associated with one or the other controversies. Be it security breach or break- in the privacy of an individual, Aadhaar made its presence always alive. In the era of PM Modi’s digitalization and net neutrality, the authority needs to find out those who are in the system and making money out of selling the Aadhaar card identity and in the process undermining national security.

Here are 4 real-time situations that laid Aadhaar under the eyes of suspicion:


BACKFIRED OPEN CHALLENGE 

On July 28, TRAI Chief RS Sharma put up with confidence his Aadhaar card number on social networking site tweeting ‘now I give this challenge to you: show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me!’. This came after the day Justice ShriKrishna committee announced a report on data protection. He made his number public in order to prove that his personal details cannot be hacked by his Aadhaar card number alone. But soon his challenge reversed upended when a French security researcher Elliot Alderson was quick enough to make Chief’s phone number, address and other bank account details public and that too within 5 hours of proposed challenge. The trial run backfired TRAI Chief leaving him embarrassed. Debates have been erupted and seem that this is high time for authority to get in action.

TRAI Chief RS Sharma tweeted:


DETAILS ON SALE

In an investigation that came out in January 2018, a newspaper exposed a racket who in exchange of Rs. 500 could dig out one's personal details in 10 minutes. The report showed that a gateway could be created to get out details like address, email ID, phone number, and photos. One can also buy the software in Rs. 300 and print anyone’s Aadhaar by entering the number. UIDAI in response to the newspaper said that mere availability of Aadhaar number will not be a security threat or will not lead to financial/other fraud.


FINGERPRINT CLONING

A constable recruitment exam in Rajasthan had been postponed after four cheating rackets were exposed during its first phase by the police department. In the line of major breach to security, this incident is first of its kind. The gang was cloning the fingerprints of the candidate and sending expert proxy examination solver in place of the real candidate in demand of lakhs of rupees. Seven centers and 25 candidates got under the scanner.


FAKING SECURITY

The Rohingya refugees living in camps in Delhi allegedly found holding Indian Aadhaar cards. The card was made available to them by swapping Rs.500- Rs.2500. No proof of identity or residence was demanded of them. In its physical form, the Aadhaar can be downloaded from anywhere. The printout may look as good as the original Aadhaar without hologram and a digital signature on it. Such cases have also found in Balapur, Hyderabad, and Jammu.



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