Asia Times: India’s ambitious digital ID project faces new security nightmare. “India’s all-pervasive digital identity programme Aadhaar appears to be facing a fresh security scare. The concern may also have national security implications, as suggested by material accessed by Asia Times. The key to the latest security breach comes from a modified Aadhaar enrolment software, known as ECMP, which is being distributed illegally for a cost ranging from Rs 500 to Rs 2,000.”
NDTV: Database Safe But There’s A New Leak. 1.3 Lakh Aadhaar, Bank Details Out. “The UIDAI, the body that governs Aadhaar, has told the Supreme Court that its database cannot be breached or used to profile citizens. A new data leak suggests that there may be no need for hackers to go that far. Government departments are already using the unique identification number to aggregate data from different departments, complete with the individual’s religion, caste, bank account numbers and their exact location. Still worse, some of them have placed this private information on its websites for anyone to see.”
ZDNet: A new data leak hits Aadhaar, India’s national ID database. “India’s national ID database has been hit by yet another major security lapse. Known as Aadhaar, the government ID database is packed with identity and biometric information — like fingerprints and iris scans — on more than 1.1 billion registered Indian citizens, official figures show. Anyone in the database can use their data — or their thumbprint — to open a bank account, buy a cellular SIM card, enroll in utilities, and even receive state aid or financial assistance. Even companies, like Amazon and Uber, can tap into the Aadhaar database to identify their customers.”
Tribune India: Rs 500, 10 minutes, and you have access to billion Aadhaar details. “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.” 500 rupees is, at this time, about $7.89.