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       UIDAI’s Aadhar Software Hacked, Anyone Across the World can Enroll, Confirm Experts
         Posted on :16:27:55 Sep 11, 2018
       Last edited on:21:56:04 Sep 11, 2018
         Tags: UIDAI, Aadhar

NEW DELHI: The credibility, authenticity and security of India’s Aadhaar has long been questioned but the stubborn, ignorant Indian government never accepted that Aadhaar system might need a big overhaul and despite plenty of evident and obvious proofs both UIDAI and central government always ran for cover-ups.

Eventually in a latest unfortunate and biggest incidence of all, personal information of over 1 billion Indians, has been compromised by a software patch that disables critical security features of the software used to enroll new Aadhaar users, revealed an investigation by HuffPost India.

The software patch that hacked Aadhaar’s software is freely available for mere Rs 2,500 — a bonanza for million of other hackers — that allows unauthorized persons, based anywhere in the world, to generate Aadhaar numbers at will, and is still in widespread use.

Skilled hackers have disabled the security features of Aadhaar enrollment software and even circulated hack on Whatsapp, said the report.

Ironically, a ‘Patch’ is defined as a set of changes to a computer program or its supporting data designed to update, fix, or improve it. However in case of Aadhaar, the culprit patch allegedly hacked the whole system putting the database of over 1 billion citizens at stake and in more worst scenario about same numer of bank accounts as well is also in serious threat.

This comes within few weeks after a petition was filed against UIDAI as well as the central government of India, alleging that the fundamental right to privacy of all Indians with an Aadhaar card has been violated because of Aadhaar data breaches that occurred on numerous occasion.

The hack, which indeed has significant implications for India’s national security, comes at time when when the Indian government has sought to make Aadhaar numbers the gold standard for citizen identification, and mandatory for everything from using a mobile phone to accessing a bank account.

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