UIDAI dismisses reports questioning security of Aadhaar; says it needs to be 'shared openly' as an identity document

The timing of the UIDAI tweet storm seems to almost line up after the tweet sent out by French security researcher Robert Baptiste who claimed to have found close 20k Aadhaar cards online

The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has been quite active on its Twitter handle requesting people to not fall for reports which question the security of Aadhaar. Without explicitly referencing to any particular report, the UIDAI sent out close to 11 tweets on the matter.

Representational image. CNN-News18

Representational image. CNN-News18

The timing of the UIDAI tweet storm seems to almost line up after the tweet sent out by French security researcher Robert Baptiste (going by the alias Elliot Anderson), who claimed that he has found close 20k Aadhaar cards online after doing a manual search.

Baptiste, through his Twitter handle, has tweeted vulnerabilities in Aadhaar on many occasions in the past. Apart from Aadhaar Baptiste has also pointed out vulnerabilities on ISRO machines, Indian Post Office subdomain among others. Recently, he even responded to a mail where the sender was ready to buy the Aadhaar card details, to which Baptiste said no.

UIDAI did not outright name which reports it was referring to, but it is safe to assume that it was in response to Baptiste's tweets. "UIDAI has dismissed the reports as irresponsible which appeared in a section of social and other media on the security of Aadhaar system being questioned on account of a few Aadhaar cards reportedly put on the internet by some unscrupulous elements," said UIDAI. Here are some of the notable tweets from the UIDAI tweetstorm.

 

The UIDAI ended its tweetstorm with, "It is reiterated that Aadhaar remains safe and secure and there has not been a single breach from its biometric database during that last eight years of its existence."

We recently spoke to digital rights activist Nikhil Pahwa on the fundamental issues with Aadhaar and how they can be fixed.




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