Amidst reports of Aadhaar enrolment software being hacked and the database being breached with a Rs 2500 patch available through WhatsApp, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) dismissed the reports and claimed that the reports are completely incorrect and irresponsible.
An investigative report from HuffPost recently revealed that the Aadhaar Enrolment database could be hacked using Rs 2500 software patch available on WhatsApp. The report also mentioned that the patch can bypass the Aadhaar database security with a loophole by disabling critical security features of the Aadhaar enrolment software. The easy and cheap availability of the software patch jeopardises the security of the database that holds biometric and personal details of 1.22 billion Indian citizens – raising concerns among the people of India regarding the privacy of their sensitive details.
On Tuesday, the central governing authority of Aadhaar – UIDAI dismissed all reports of Aadhaar database breach appearing on media, social media and news by saying it to be “completely incorrect and irresponsible”. UIDAI also added that the report lacked substance and are baseless and that nobody except the user himself can make or update Aadhaar entries or if the details are given to them. In the statement, UIDAI said that “certain vested interests are deliberately trying to create confusion in the minds of people which is completely unwarranted.”
This is not the first time that reports of Aadhaar database breach have emerged out and UIDAI has evolved and made deliberate attempts to encrypt the data and save it from any possible risk. So far, UIDAI has implemented tamper proofing, identified operators at every enrolment request, identified all thousands of machines used for registration process and encrypted every single packet to make sure the data remains safe. Furthermore, UIDAI also said that they will keep adding new security features from time to thwart new security threats by unscrupulous elements.