A recent study conducted by Bangalore-based think tank, Centre for Internet and Society, has revealed that the information of as many as 13 crore Aadhaar Card holders may have been compromised in a huge data leak.
The report titled, “Information Security Practices of Aadhaar (or lack thereof): A documentation of the public availability of Aadhaar Numbers with sensitive personal financial information”, mentions that data and information of 13.5 crores Aadhaar card holders has been leaked online due to security flaws in four government websites of National Social Assistance Programme, NREGA, Daily Online Payment Reports under NREGA and Chandranna Bima Scheme run by the Government of Andhra Pradesh.
The security experts also pointed out the possibility of a security breach in the system which could pass on the classified and sensitive biometric data to people who could misuse it.
The report further mentioned,
Based on the numbers available on the websites looked at, estimated number of Aadhaar numbers leaked through these four portals could be around 130-135 million and the number of bank account numbers leaked at around 100 million from the specific portals we looked at.
PM Modi has made Aadhaar card mandatory for various governmental and non-governmental schemes and purposes. This leak could spell disaster if the information gets in the wrong hands!