Aadhaar data breach : UIDAI files FIR against Tribune reporter

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has registered an FIR against The Tribune journalist Rachna Khaira for breach of Aadhaar data.

The expose in The Tribune claimed that it took just Rs. 500 and 10 minutes for the newspaper to get access through an ‘agent’ to every detail of any individual registered with UIDAI, including name, address, postal code, photo, phone number and email.

The daily also claimed that it paid another Rs. 300, for which the ‘agent’ provided ‘software’ to facilitate the printing of Aadhaar card after entering the Aadhaar number of any individual.

The newspaper in its report said the racket may have started around six months ago when some anonymous groups ere created on WhatsApp.

It claimed that these groups targeted over three lakh village-level enterprise operators hired by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY) under the Common Service Centres Scheme (CSCS) across India, offering them access to UIDAI data.

CSCS operators were initially entrusted the task of making Aadhaar cards but later cut out when the function became restricted to post offices and designated banks to avoid security breach.

According to sources, an unnamed deputy dire actor has filed the FIR against The Tribute under IPC 419(punishment for cheating by impersonation), 420 (cheating) , 468 (forgery) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document).

The Chandigarh-based publication is yet to respond to the legal move.

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