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Aadhar software hacked to create fake IDs
By Resmi Sivaram September 12, 2018
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NEW DELHI: Anyone even in an enemy country can generate India’s Aadhar IDs in unlimited numbers by using a software patch the cost of which is just Rs2,500, it has been reported.

The patch can be used from anywhere in the world to create Aadhar Ids.

Global security experts have confirmed the leak which raises a threat to national security. The government hasn’t yet responded to the report.

An investigation by HuffPost has revealed the existence of a software patch that can be used to disable critical security features of the Aadhaar enrolment software. The easy availability and widespread use of the patch has potentially compromised the biometric and personal data of over a billion enrolled Indians.

The experts say the patch is as easy as gaining access to one of the many WhatsApp groups and as simple as “installing the enrolment software on a PC.” The hack has been verified by them via global security experts from three different locations, and they all have confirmed it as real.

Once the patch is installed in a computer having the Aadhaar enrollment software, multiple Aadhaar Ids can be generated. The patch helps to override the need for biometric check, which means anyone can login, and start creating IDs for Aadhaar.

The patch also disables the enrolment software’s in-built GPS security feature, which means anyone can use the software to enrol users from anywhere in the world.

The iris-recognition system on the enrollment software can also be weakened.

A terrorist sitting in any part of the world can generate innumerable Aadhar Ids if he is able to buy the patch and enter India without any problem.

Such fake Aadhaar cards can also be used for ration and other basic services. Anyone can siphon off ration, and literally, have food for free.

The patch is available for as low as Rs2,500 on thousands of WhatsApp groups.

The reports point out that the security breach has been achieved because of an intrinsic problem with the fundamental structure of Aadhaar security system. The patch was assembled by grafting code from older versions of the Aadhaar enrollment software.

The development poses a threat to national security. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) says there are about 1.21 billion Aadhaar card holders in the country.

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