New Delhi : According to a new research report released by the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), because of irresponsible information security practices by the central and the state government departments at least 130-135 million Aadhaar numbers and 130 million bank account numbers might have been leaked.
The CIS studied at least 4 government databases. Two of them belong to the Union rural development ministry and the rest belong to Andhra Pradesh government.
The CIS studied rural development ministry’s National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP)’s dashboard and the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (NREGA)’s portal.
It also studied Andhra government owned NREGA portal and the online dashboard of a state government scheme called “Chandranna Bima”.
The assessment of report’s authors namely, Amber Sinha and Srinivas Kodal, says that around 135 million Aadhaar numbers and 130 million bank account details were leaked, Business Standard reported.
The authors also raised question over the role of government agency the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the data leak issue.
They said the UIDAI encourages other databases to get linked with Aadhaar numbers, but as far as the security of the database is concerned it takes little responsibility.
Source: India Samvad