Your Aadhaar card is not safe

Bengaluru: Causing a big concern for all Aadhar card holder, Nandan Nilekani, former chairman of Aadhaar issuer UIDAI said here on Tuesday that security will be a major concern for Aadhar. However, he has indicated that UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) was on top of it.

"There hasn't been a hack to Aadhaar systems. People have tried to get access to OTPs (one-time passwords) and game others' details and capture them. It's not really a hack, but absolutely, security is going to be a big concern," Nilekani said at an event organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) on Tuesday.

Nandan was answering questions pertaining to the latest instance where technology professional Abhinav Srivastava allegedly illegally created a public app that could obtain details of Aadhaar holders. "If we are in a digital world, we have to make sure that all our systems are secure. It's an ongoing process. All over the world, it's a challenge, but we are moving at a rapid pace," he said, suggesting UIDAI was using the best security systems and protocols.

Srivastava had built his app by hacking into an e- hospital server hosted by the government's National Informatics Centre, which has a license from UIDAI to access KYC (know your customer) details of Aadhaar holders.

Agencies