The Unique Identity Authority of India, which administers the Aadhaar program, is again facing harsh criticism about its security measures, this time from State Bank of India. But rather than pointing fingers, all government organizations need to collaborate to enhance security.
The India parliament is considering a new Aadhaar amendment bill that would introduce a host of changes in line with the Supreme Court's decision that Aadhaar cannot be made mandatory for identification and authentication for certain private-sector purposes.
French cybersecurity researcher Baptiste Robert, who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter, has once again exposed an apparent Aadhaar leak. The latest leak, which occurred on state-owned gas company Indane's website, exposed data of as many as 6.7 million customers, the researcher claims.
India's Supreme Court has agreed to consider social media giant Facebook's request that the apex court review cases now pending before several state high courts regarding linking social media profiles to Aadhaar numbers in an effort to help curb the spread of fake news.
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The Reserve Bank of India has mandated that all scheduled commercial banks, urban and state cooperative banks, payment banks, ATM operations and authorized card payment networks migrate to Aadhaar-based biometric authentication for electronic ...
The entire approach toward Aadhaar security needs to change to address problems on the users' end, rather than focus on the UIDAI's core database, contends Na. Vijayashankar, a cyber law expert. He'll be a featured speaker at ISMG's Fraud and Breach Prevention Summit in Bengaluru.
UIDAI, which administers the Aadhaar program, has some simple advice: Avoid behaviors such as what R.S. Sharma, chairman of the Telecom Regulatory Authority in India, did on Saturday, when he tweeted his Aadhaar number.
Sometimes efforts to prove a system is secure can really backfire. TRAI Chairman R.S. Sharma's attempt to demonstrate Aadhaar security by tweeting his Aadhaar number on Saturday and inviting anyone to attempt to use it to access his personal information reportedly led to data access by ethical hackers.
The issue of access management and vulnerable software applications has come back to haunt the Unique Identification Authority of India which manages the Aadhaar database containing biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians.
The intensive discussion between the Supreme Court and the CEO of UIDAI on recent Aadhaar-related data leaks could result in the court recommending that the Ministry of Law and Justice make amendments to the Aadhaar Act and direct the UIDAI to build a far more robust security framework.