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Aadhaar Database Hacked, Exposing Over 1 Billion Biometric and Personal Data Records

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India’s Aadhaar identity database, which contains the biometrics and personal information of over 1 billion Indians, has been compromised by a software patch that disables critical security features of the software used to enrol new Aadhaar users.

The patch—freely available for as little as Rs 2,500 (around $35)— allows unauthorized persons, based anywhere in the world, to generate Aadhaar numbers at will, and is still in widespread use.

This has significant implications for national security at a time when the Indian government has sought to make Aadhaar numbers the gold standard for citizen identification, and mandatory for everything from using a mobile phone to accessing a bank account.

Curated from The Huffington Post

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