Shocking : 1.4 million Aadhar Data Leaked from Jharkhand Government Website

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Jharkhand : In a shocking breach of privacy, the personal details over one millions Aadhaar subscribers were leaked on a website run by the Jharkhand Directorate of Social Security, the Hindustan Times reported.

Last week’s leakage of Aadhaar card details of about 14 lakh pensioners has brought in to focus the need for an awareness about the dangers of such lapses.

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Now, fidelity towards the government is diminishing because they are making all these flaws and not accepting their failures. Today the citizens confidential information are also not secured, which we submit it to the government. Is this we ever wanted? Is these the promises made by the government? Today we would discussing about the issues going on about leakage of citizens Aadhar card confidentiality  from Jharkhand or Chennai.

Let us see in brief what is Aadhar card; the Unique identification authority of India (UIDAI) is becoming an identity proof for every Indian is now a distinct possibility.  It’s a unique twelve digit number assigned to about 99% of Indian residents. Government has now made it mandatory to have aadhar card to apply for bank accounts, pensions, even for buying new sim card, filing income tax returns and now more than 80 schemes is also linked with aadhar card. According to the finance secretary Ashok Lavasa; aadhar is revolutionary, 105 crore people who have a unique identity.

According to Section 29 (4) of the Aadhaar Act, publishing Aadhar numbers of consumers is illegal, though such violations are known to have happened in the recent past.

The cyber-crimes which is ascending day-by-day leading to leaking of official and personal details. Here, when the individual’s personal identity details is also linked with various important chain of personal information, when gets vulnerable then ultimately the trust factor falls. Since few months we have been observing the cyber-attacks on websites of government managed by National Informatics Centre, India’s premiere-governance provider.

The National Informatics Centre (NIC) is looking after aadhar related issues from 2014 but this is the first time leakage of details happened; according to Ram Parvesh, Director of Social Security. Certain incidents of leakages are the recent of Jharkhand issue where most of the vulnerable senior citizens who are beneficiaries of the state’s old age pension scheme are misused or M.S. Dhoni’s personal details were inadvertently leaked on social media.

Referring to the leakage of the Aadhaar card details, one of the IT expert said, “The directorate of social security, which comes under the department of women child development and social security, concealed the database but the revelation of the Aadhaar card details could have serious ramifications, if they were accessed by unscrupulous elements.”

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According to a journalist, the government has ignored all the warnings and criticisms about the UID data being sensitive and its lack of protection towards the citizens details and he added that a letter by Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, accessed by Express, confirms the data, which the government has been cautiously guarding has been leaked. Most likely the attack come from the weakest link of the aadhar chain; thousands of insecure computers maintained by rickety i.e. dangerously unsecure block-level government offices across the country.

Even after constant warning that many websites maintained by the states are insecure no actions were taken on time. With the maintenance of proper cyber securities standard these could have improved which did not happened. The cyber securities standards are the techniques used generally to set forth in published materials that attempt to protect the cyber environment of a user or organization.

So even if all the issues are solved, the responsibility doesn’t move away, the government should make sure officials have to be constantly aware of the security vulnerability. Understanding the system and making the citizen’s confidentiality protective is the duty of all the officials and those who breach the laws should be severely punished with imprisonment or with fine.

With PTI inputs

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