The source(s) of the leak and the number of affected citizens are not exposed.
Aadhaar is the largest biometric database and has collected the iris scans and fingerprints of more than a billion Indian citizens.
Every Indian citizen must use their Aadhaar IDs for social welfare and government services. This ID is also used for bank accounts, mobile numbers, insurance policies, permanent account numbers and other services.
If I were a citizen of India, I would have to wonder if I was affected and how many bad actors have this valuable data now.
4iQ's proactive approach when PII is exposed in the Deep Web provides immediate answers and reassurance.
More than 200 central and state government websites have leaked the personal details of users of India's controversial national ID system – Aadhaar. Under the country's Aadhaar system, every Indian citizen receives a unique 12-digit number – similar to Social Security Numbers in the US – and has his/her biometric and personally identifiable information collected and stored by the government. In response to a Right to Information (RTI) inquiry, the Aadhaar-issuing body, called the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), said 210 websites of central and state government departments – including educational institutes – had publicly exposed data of some users, including their names, addresses, Aadhaar numbers and other details.