Last few years ago India implemented the Aadhar system. The Aadhar card comes with a unique ID which facilitates the citizens to easily access the government services. The Aadhar system has come under scrutiny a number of times before raising concerns over the security of user data being used in the application. Huffington Post, how a software patch can easily compromise the software used to register Aadhar card users and allow anyone in the world to register an Aadhar ID.
This is a matter of serious concern as many people rely on the Aadhaar IDs to receive services and benefits like subsidized rations, pensions, and scholarships. Being able to forge the system will create a huge impact as it will allow people to scam the system and benefit from it. Also, this will create an additional burden on the Government operations and funds.
The security weakness in the software can also lead to a leak of personal information of the users, raising fears of identity theft. This can lead to people being shut off from accessing their essential services.
Huffington Post reported that a cheap $35 software can be used to hack into the Aadhar application used to register users. There are a number of such Aadhar application centers run by private citizens and centers across India, especially the rural areas. The $35 patch can easily break into the authentication process and allow them to enroll new Aadhaar users.
The patch also is able to trick the iris recognition tool used to authenticate the new Aadhaar users. The patch is able to manipulate the image recognition software in such a way that it also accepts photographs even if the person is not present in front of the camera physically.
Though the existence of the software is unknown and if the scamsters are able to take advantage of this patch, as now the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) handles the Aadhaar program. The UIDAI has already terminated all contracts with external enrolment centers, though there is a possibility that the patch has already been used to register numerous fake IDs.
UIDAI has assured that the Aadhaar database hasn’t been breached and is completely secure. Yet there are a number of issues which need to be taken care of and are vulnerable to tactics like this. There has been incident reported earlier as well where you could be able to buy anyone personal Aadhar information for a mear amount of Rs 500 or $7 only.
The various incidents taking place related to the Aadhaar Card raises a number of doubts. The system is not 100% secure and theUIDAI, needs to make the whole Aadhar ID process more secure as it is a matter of privacy of millions of users.