So far, 2018 has not been off to a flying start and it just keeps getting worse! It was only the fourth day of the New Year and Twitter woke up to the news that the Aadhaar data leak will affect BILLIONS.
Yes you read that right. Everyone in India who has an Aadhaar card to their name is the victim of the Aadhaar data leak, and guess what? No one paid millions or billions or even thousands for it. What did it take? 500 INR that is all.
Outlook reports, “According to the newspaper, its reporter purchased a service by anonymous sellers on WhatsApp and paid Rs 500 via Paytm to an agent of the group running a racket. The agent then created a “gateway” for the reporter and gave a login ID and password, thus giving unrestricted access to details, including name, address, postal code (PIN), photo, phone number and email, of more than 1 billion Aadhaar numbers submitted to the UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India), the Aadhaar issuing body.” This shit, IS SCARY.
So, obviously as soon as word got out about the Aadhaar data leak for merely 500 INR, Twitter took no time to reprimand the Government, and their decision to make Aadhaar necessary, and also link it with bank accounts.
Aadhaar details of over a billion people available for Rs. 500?
Oh No! The government may now try to fix this by banning 500 rupee notes.https://t.co/HZjDTsSB0P
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) January 4, 2018
‘AADHAR’ data breached yet again!
As every citizen’s personal information is exposed to hackers everyday & ‘Right to Privacy’ is mocked and flouted with impunity, Modi Govt remains immune.
Is anyone listening?https://t.co/UDSfOlSWv9
— Randeep S Surjewala (@rssurjewala) January 4, 2018
The perils of making Aadhaar mandatory and linking it to bank accounts, as insisted upon by Modi govt, are visible here. Do we need more proof to stop this madness? https://t.co/9OEbitCmDO
— Sitaram Yechury (@SitaramYechury) January 4, 2018
Hello biometricked citizens of India.
UIDAI's central server has been breached. All of our Aadhaar data, all 1 billion of us, can be bought for FUCKIN Rs 500!
That's how cheap our info is. The government has screwed with all of our lives quite royally.https://t.co/9IiojtjCaR
— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) January 4, 2018
Ever wondered how a Pakistani (or anyone with a little jugaad) can get an #Aadhaar card while some unfortunate souls continue to die for not having one??@thetribunechd with perhaps the biggest scam story of the year.https://t.co/q9kzOseG51 pic.twitter.com/BtF1cZsZ4j
— Akash Banerjee (@akashbanerjee) January 4, 2018
I want one Aadhaar episode on Black Mirror.
— Aroon Deep (@AroonDeep) December 31, 2017
— Sanjiv Bhatt (IPS) (@sanjivbhatt) January 4, 2018
Dear person who tried to hack into my FB last night (and failed), try hacking entire India's Aadhaar data – might be easier it seems.
Just Rs 500 and the ENTIRE database is accessible. https://t.co/ai0VlF2VQe
— वरुण (@varungrover) January 4, 2018
How to purchase the Aadhar details of all one billion of your country men and women in 10 minutes for Rs 500 using PayTM. pic.twitter.com/j4shZNyMZV
— churumuri (@churumuri) January 4, 2018
After deaths due to Aadhar, this! Aadhar data leaked. Personal details of millions of Indians available for just Rs. 500! Fake Aadhar cards being made as well. Do we need more reasons why Aadhar must be stopped? https://t.co/294VLkgCoZ
— Ruchira Chaturvedi (@RuchiraC) January 4, 2018
Imagine there was a law requiring all doors to be unlocked, and the government dismissing security risks because there was a law against robbery. Weird, right?
That is the situation with Aadhaar right now.
— Madhu Menon (@madmanweb) January 4, 2018
This should be breaking news! The whole country's Aadhaar database has been sold. Many times over! So now all terrorists, all scamsters have your details. They can buy phones, launder money all in your name! https://t.co/DvVowhbxz5
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) January 4, 2018
What exactly needs to happen for this govt to realise that its Bangalore “technical consultants” can’t fix aadhaar? pic.twitter.com/Op23DpMgOH
— V Vinay (@ainvvy) January 4, 2018
— Outlook Magazine (@Outlookindia) January 4, 2018
This is CRAZY. @thetribunechd paid Rs. 500 to an anonymous person and were given a login and a password that let them access personal data of ALL 1 billion plus Indians from Aadhaar, India's controversial national ID database. https://t.co/0cvKZzjXBo
— ¯_(ツ)_/¯ (@PranavDixit) January 4, 2018
What are your thoughts on this story state of affairs?