After grounding TRAI chief, French ethical hacker challenges PM Modi to share Aadhaar details online

The security researcher came to the limelight with his exchange of tweets with Sharma, where he accepted the latter's challenge and exposed these personal details.

Published: 29th July 2018 04:57 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2018 06:26 PM   |  A+A-

French security expert Elliot Alderson has now challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make his Aadhaar number public (Photos | Twitter, PTI)

By Online Desk

Self-proclaimed French security expert and Aadhaar critic Elliot Alderson who revealed the personal contact details of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) Chairman RS Sharma has now challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make his Aadhaar number public, "that is if he has one."

"Hi @narendramodi, Can you publish your #Aadhaar number (if you have one)? Regards," wrote Alderson earlier today.

Alderson yesterday in a series of tweets had posted the mobile number, PAN number, alternative phone number, email ID, the personal phone number, his WhatsApp profile picture and some other sensitive data linked to the Aadhaar number belonging to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman RS Sharma.

The security researcher came to the limelight with his exchange of tweets with Sharma, where he accepted the latter's challenge and exposed these personal details.

READ | TRAI chief's personal details leaked after he shares Aadhaar number in challenge

Alderson through his handle @fs0c131y also posted a picture of Sharma with a portion of it blackened. "I supposed this is your wife or daughter next to you."

Soon, more ethical hackers joined the thread with more information on Sharma, saying that he is an iPhone user and he is yet to link his Aadhaar number to the bank account.

Alderson started his anti-Aadhaar campaign on March 10, 2018, by announcing that he is going to play a game by finding as many Aadhaar cards as he could in a span of three hours. When the time ran out, he posted details of 20,142 Aadhaar cards online. This was followed by the exposure of the weak password protection feature in the official Aadhaar Android application on March 13, when he bypassed through the security wall under a minute's time.

Interestingly, the Prime Minister had earlier claimed that the introduction of Aadhaar has helped the government in saving Rs 60,000 crore in a certain number of schemes which earlier used to reach the ‘wrong hands’.

“These days you keep hearing about Aadhaar. I want to say Aadhaar has added great strength to India’s development. What would earlier get into wrong hands is now going to the intended beneficiaries,” he had said at the national capital earlier this year.

However, the Prime Minister's Office is yet to respond to Elliot's challenge.

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The high drama played out on the micro-blogging platform just a day after Justice Srikrishna committee came out with its report on data protection where it mooted changes in Aadhaar Act and proposed new safeguards to protect information of Aadhaar holders.

The Justice Srikrishna panel on data protection has recommended that Aadhaar Act be amended "significantly" to bolster privacy safeguards, and mooted that only public authorities discharging public functions approved by the UIDAI or entities mandated by law be given the right to request for identity authentication.

(The article has been edited as it carried a wrong Twitter handle and the error is deeply regretted.)
 

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  • Ravi

    Elliot Anderson, French, expert....? More like another nut case. Indian media, white skin, Western origin... fall for them hook, line and sinker. Don't want to believe our IITians like Nandan or Sharma or Parikkar. Oh sorry will believe if it is Jairam Ramesh or AK, right? Only politics. Fake news. You deserve a Trump not Modi.
    3 months ago reply
  • A Kumar

    The concept of Aadhar is invaluable for India. People from just anywhere could simply walk in, become citizens at dime a dozen, and deprive its own people the jobs and other economic benefits. Of late, such infiltrators are also getting sponsored to take down the state, by powerful forces like enemy governments or just governments who want to keep seeing that begging bowl in our hands. We need to understand the 'Challenge' that is being thrown, kill it with our IT brains, and ensure Aadhar does not fail.
    3 months ago reply
  • Desh Deepak

    your headline is misleading. Hackers have shown info that is available or accessable without using aadhaar number. They are yet to show if they the can get some info that is not possible to get without aadhaar. All this is just misleading and misinforming
    3 months ago reply
  • Ravi

    First of all this so called French hacker is a fake. If he had two spherical objects, he should come out of his mask and face the real world. Government here is dealing with problems of billion plus population and not playing some computer games with mental retards like him. If he had any sense of moral propriety left he should quit these childish pranks, take up some work which benefits the poor and earn daily wages. Or he should keep drinking his French wine and wait for next revolution so that he can put his neck under guillotine. Why do Indian media fall for Western sounding named fakes? Didn't we drive them out of here in 1947 including from Pondicherry?
    3 months ago reply
    • Abhay

      They are doing some good work by telling you that your information is still not secure as people are claiming. You should work towards making it so. Don't talk as if everything is alright. Accept if there is something to be improved upon. And please try to reason instead of abusing people. Otherwise you are no less than who you are abusing.
      3 months ago reply
  • indiyanesan

    these are are hard core hackers .. they are cyber criminals .. they should be dealt with accordingly.. what about the erstwhile scamsters brigade.should they also share the number so that these guys can claim "look-I-told-you"..best to hand the database .. whey should everyone keep indulging in this dirty useless work..can these hackers ask for the social security details of US President / the French PM / President and challenge them .. ??
    3 months ago reply
  • Chandra Shekhar A K

    No, Justice Sri Krishna, mere tinkering with the Aadhaar Act and adding patchwork protections will not do. Nothing except complete lifting of the mandatory adoption and use of Aadhaar by all govt authorities at the centre and the state to the extent already enforced need to be ensured forthwith.
    3 months ago reply
  • Gopal

    Then why PM opposed when he was CM
    3 months ago reply
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