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Aadhaar software hack: Ghost entries not possible in database, says UIDAI

Any operator found violating the stipulated processes or indulging in fraudulent or corrupt practices, is blocked and blacklisted by the UIDAI

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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The said Tuesday no operator can make or update unless an individual gives details, debunking reports that software was being purportedly hacked.

In an official statement, the (UIDAI) stressed that its system cannot be bypassed while refuting all suggestions of its software and ID database being purportedly compromised.

Such claims "lack substance and are baseless", it said.

Referring to a report of being allegedly hacked, the statement claimed that "certain vested interests are deliberately trying to create confusion in the minds of people which is completely unwarranted".

The said that it matches all the biometric -- 10 fingerprints and both iris -- of a resident enrolling for Aadhaar with the of all Aadhaar holders before issuing an Aadhaar, and so the claims of introducing information into Aadhaar database were "completely unfounded".

The Aadhaar-issuing body further said it has taken all necessary safeguards to ensure complete security of residents' data ranging from full at the time of capture to tamper resistance, and from physical and network security to stringent audit mechanism and monitoring.

"UIDAI further clarified that no operator can make or update Aadhaar unless resident himself give his biometric," the nodal body said and listed out the stringent enrolment and updation procedures followed by it.

"Therefore it is not possible to introduce into Aadhaar database," UIDAI statement said.

Any operator found violating the stipulated processes or indulging in fraudulent or corrupt practices, is blocked and blacklisted by the UIDAI, which also imposes financial penalty up to Rs 1 lakh per instance. As on date over 50,000 operators have been blacklisted, it said.

UIDAI has also advised the public to approach authorised Aadhaar enrolment centres in bank branches, post offices and offices to ensure that the enrolment/updation is done only on authorised machines.

First Published: Tue, September 11 2018. 21:00 IST
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