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Breach of India's Biometric Database Puts 1 Billion Users at Risk

The Tribune reports that hackers gained access to users' names, addresses, phone numbers, and other PII.

A breach of the Unique Identification Authority of India's Aadhaar biometric system is putting personally identifiable information (PII) of more than 1 billion Indian residents at risk, reports the Tribune, an Indian publication.

Attackers created a gateway to the biometric database, in which any Aadhaar user's ID number can be entered into a portal, the Tribune reports. Once the number is entered, it will pull up the resident's name, address, postal code, photo, phone number, and email address, according to the Tribune.

Cyberthieves are selling access to the portal for 500 rupees and are charging an additional 300 rupees for software that allows a victim's Aadhaar card to be printed, according to the report.

The Unique Identification Authority of India denies its Aadhaar database has been breached, the Tribune reports, but notes that Tribune reporters were able to make Aadhaar data purchases as part of its investigation.

Read more about Aadhaar here.

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1/8/2018 | 8:27:42 AM
Serves Bangalore right
After years of corporate America believing all good stuff in IT ONLY RESIDES IN INDIA ---- Pardon me but as an American worker who has been outsourced and also witnessed outsouricng control of a major firm --- HAHAHA - serves them right.  SEE, INDIA is not the end all of the western or eastern world.   Suggestion: try outsourcing security to AN AMERICAN firm (except IBM of course). 

Update - of all global locations with the most stupid troubles our firm supports - NOIDA AND PUNE and they are located in ................ Guess which country?    And users running utorrent.  
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