31 Jul TRAI Chief Issues Aadhaar Privacy Challenge, Personal Info Gets Leaked
A French security expert who goes by the handle of Elliot Alderson online reportedly tweeted the personal address, DoB, alternate phone number of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman RS Sharma after the latter issued a challenge where he asked for a concrete example of the harm that can be done using an individual’s Aadhaar number.
In an exchange on Twitter, Sharma further challenged Alderson, saying that the info leaked did not cause him any harm. Alderson then responded by revealing that the phone number he exposed was of the TRAI head’s secretary. He also tweeted a picture of Sharma with a portion containing the image of Sharma’s wife or daughter blackened, as well as other details with key areas hidden.
Alderson said that no bank account details were associated with the UIDAI number that Sharma gave, which the latter refuted. Sharma added that Alderson would not be able to do any damage anyway even if he knew the bank account numbers.