After claims started surfacing on the social media that TRAI chief RS Sharma’s personal details have been accessed, using his Aadhaar credentials, the authority responsible for issuing the Aadhaar cards dismissed the them.
The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) on Sunday asserted that any information pertaining to Sharma wasn’t fetched from Aadhaar database or UIDAI’s servers.
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The organization further clarified that the “so-called hacked” information about the TRAI chief was already available in public domain as he has been a public servant for decades and that people should not believe such fraudulent elements active on social media.
TRAI chief, on Saturday, tweeted his Aadhar number as a challenge after “The Print” published an article titled “What harm can you do to me if you have my Aadhar details, asks TRAI chairman RS Sharma.”
Since then many people have claimed to have accessed Sharma’s personal details through the Adhaar account.
“Any information published on Twitter about RS Sharma wasn’t fetched from Aadhaar from Aadhaar database or UIDAI’s servers. In fact, this so-called “hacked” information was already available in public domain as he being a public servant for decades and was easily available on Google and other sites,” the UIDAI said in a statement.
“Sharma’s mobile number is available on National Informatics Centre’s (NIC) website as he was once Secretary IT. His date of birth is available in the Civil List of IAS Officers which is kept in public domain and his address is on Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) website because he is the Chairman. They clubbed all these inputs and claimed to have breached the Aadhaar database. Aadhaar database is fully safe and secure and no such information about Mr. Sharma has been fetched from UIDAI’s severs or Aadhaar database,”
However the most critical thing was the element of doubt added by the hacker. Many will now question the security and scrutiny under which this invaluable ID proofs falls.