Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chief RS Sharma's open challenge to ethical hackers to prove vulnerabilities in Aadhaar database has now led to attempts of depositing money the official's account. However, Sharma, the former chairman of UIDAI, has rejected all such claims of money being deposited in his bank account.
"Some more attempts to deposit money. Note: This was done using my Aadhaar number, not my "leaked" Bank Accounts! Sorry I am not open for bribes. Friends please look up the word "ethical", because this is not it," Sharma tweeted while inviting Aadhaar detractors for "constructive discussion" over the issue.
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"Small request, the failed Aadhaar Authentication requests (OTP's) are really draining my battery. I'm always ready for constructive discussions. If you have any suggestions please share," Sharma said.
The TRAI chairman's open dare and subsequent claims of his personal details being put out publicly was also raised in Parliament on Monday when Opposition lawmakers demanded him to apologise
"He must apologise to the country for making people insecure about their Aadhaar data," Congress MP Pratap Sigh Bajwa said. CPI's D Raja demanded an investigation into the whole matter.
Earlier, the UIDAI had asserted that the personal details of RS Sharma being put out on Twitter are not from the Aadhaar database or its servers, and that "so called hacked information" is easily available with a simple search on Google and other sites, without using the 12-digit unique identity number.
The UIDAI jumped into the debate following a full blown war of words on Twitter between Trai Chairman RS Sharma and some users over the potential of Aadhaar number being misused.
Some more attempts to deposit money. Note: This was done using my Aadhaar number, not my "leaked" Bank Accounts! Sorry I am not open for bribes. Friends please look up the word "ethical", because this is not it. pic.twitter.com/z47Vy2dvFF— RS Sharma (@rssharma3) July 30, 2018
Sharma had shared his Aadhaar number publicly, challenging anyone to show how mere knowledge of the number can be misused to harm him. The move had trigerred a tsunami of tweets with the Twitterati claiming to disclose his personal details - from PAN to mobile number.
(Inputs from agencies)