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Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2018 09:52:45 +0530

Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details
Rachna Khaira, Tribune News Service, Jalandhar, January 3 2018


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
Today, The Tribune *purchased* a service being offered by anonymous
sellers over WhatsApp that provided unrestricted access to details for any
of the more than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers created in India thus far.

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.

What is more, The Tribune team paid another Rs 300, for which the agent
provided software that could facilitate the printing of the Aadhaar card
after entering the Aadhaar number of any individual.

[Rs 500 is less than $10.]

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