Aadhar data theft is a bogus claim, UIDAI suggests
In the wake of reports that the Aadhar data of one billion Indians has been compromised, the Unique Identification Authority of India has issued a lengthy clarification. The authority has explained how it's impossible to steal or duplicate or fraud Aadhar data.
"The UIDAI hereby dismisses a news report appearing in social and online media about Aadhaar Enrolment Software being allegedly hacked as completely incorrect and irresponsible. Claims made in the report about Aadhaar being vulnerable to tampering leading to ghost entries in Aadhaar database by purportedly bypassing operators’ biometric authentication to generate multiple Aadhaar cards is totally baseless," it said.
It added that "all necessary safeguard measures are taken spanning from providing standardized software that encrypts entire data even before saving to any disk," so on and so forth in this regard.
It said that operators can't game the system. "No operator can make or update Aadhaar unless resident himself give his biometric. Also, the concerned enrolment machines and the operators are identified, blocked and blacklisted permanently from the UIDAI system," it added, saying that police complaint will be swiftly lodged if any fraud is detected.