New Delhi: The debate over the security of Aadhar information refuses to die down, as the Shiv Sena has now waded into the row, hitting out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre. In an editorial its mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, the Shiv Sena has called the recent UIDAI security row as “Aadhargate.”
Sena, which is the BJP’s coalition partner in Maharashtra, alleged in the article that even though the Modi-led NDA government has maintained that Aadhar cards are completely secure, “its claims have been exposed before everyone.” The editorial also referred to the open challenge thrown by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman RS Sharma on social media regarding the safety of Aadhar numbers, which appears to have misfired.
The article in ‘Saamana’ noted that French ethical hacker Elliot Alderson had exposed before the world system could be compromised as he had managed to obtain “secure” data that had been furnished to Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI). It said that the UIDAI “must clarify” on this issue.
Row over the safety of Aadhar data erupted after Trai chairman Sharma shared his Aadhar number on Twitter, challenging those who question the security of the UIDAI system to attempt to cause harm to him. However, soon enough, the French ethical hacker posted personal details of Sharma that he claimed he had obtained using the Trai chairman’s Aadhar number.
Sena said in its editorial that such an exercise had put a question mark on the government’s claims, Zee News reported. The Uddhav Thackeray-led party added in the article that it was the government’s responsibility to quash the hacker’s claims.
The editorial alleged that the hacker had even sent an email to Sharma’s daughter using the information he obtained from his Aadhar number and had threatened that he would reveal sensitive documents in public domain. It pointed out that though the information shared by Alderson was already in public domain, it did not dilute the gravity of the situation as another group of hackers had claimed to have deposited Re.1 in Sharma’s bank account, using his Aadhar number.
The matter pertains to people’s constitutional rights and their trust on the government, the article noted.
Meanwhile, the UIDAI has asserted that no information had been hacked from its database and the information accessed by the hacker about Sharma was already available online on platforms such as Google. However, it also issued an advisory asking people not to share their Aadhar numbers on social media platforms.