Personal details of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman RS Sharma were leaked after he threw a challenge on Twitter by openly disclosing his 12 digit Aadhaar number.
On Saturday RS Sharma posted his Aadhar number on a tweet and said that “My Aadhar number is **********, Now I give this challenge to you: Show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me.”
Within hours after his statement twitter users came up with his phone number, personal email ID, residential address and other details.
Robert Baptiste a French hacker who goes by the nickname Elliot Alderson (twitter handle-@fs0c131y) who previously reported the loopholes in Aadhar data system posted in a series of tweets the phone number, personal email address, alternate email address, PAN, Date of birth and photos related to RS Sharma.
Hacker blurred most of the sensitive information and posted it to avoid further damages and said that“People managed to get your personal address, dob, and your alternate phone number. I stop here, I hope you will understand why make your #Aadhaar number public is not a good idea.”
The TRAI chief responded to this by rejecting most of the claims by saying that challenge was not about finding his phone number and other details but for causing harm by publicly disclosing his Aadhar number.
“No I did not challenge them for phone number and other info. I challenged them for causing me harm! So far no success. Wish them luck” Sharma posted on Twitter.
This came just after the Justice Srikrishna panel submitted the report on data protection and recommended that the 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.
Over the last year, there were many debates concerning the security of Aadhar data and privacy regarding that and there were many reports of Aadhar data being compromised.