Mumbai, Aug 1: Joining the voices of concern over the security of Aadhaar information, the Shiv Sena has hit out at the Centre now. The NDA constituent attacked the Modi-led Government in an editorial in its mouthpiece Saamna by saying that for all its tall claims about how secure Aadhaar cards were, the NDA stands exposed. Also Read - Uddhav Thackeray in Ayodhya Today: Maharashtra CM to Skip Famous 'Aarti' in Wake of COVID-19
The piece comes in the wake of an Aadhaar security challenge thrown by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman RS Sharma. The editorial pointed out how French hacker Elliot Alderson had laid bare the fact that that the data submitted to the Unique Identity Authority of India (UIDAI) is not secure. Also Read - Shiv Sena Calls Social Media BJP's Oxygen, Says 'Impossible For PM Modi to Cut This Lifeline'
Last week, Sharma had shared his Aadhaar number on Twitter, challenging people to “show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me!” Soon after, the French hacker shared some personal details of the TRAI chief on the microblogging site, raising a question mark on the government’s claims. The editorial goes on to say that now it is upon the Government to prove the hacker wrong. It pointed out how the hacker had sent emails to Sharma’s daughter and had threatened to bring sensitive documents in public domain. Also Read - 'No Such Proposal Before us,' Maharashtra CM Counters NCP on 5% Reservation For Muslims in Educational Institutes
While the information given out by the hacker is not sensitive in nature, says the editorial, we cannot overlook the seriousness of the issue, because it pertains to the constitutional rights of people. The UIDAI has claimed that no data was stolen from its database and that the information released by the hacker was already available on platforms like Google. And amid these claims came another shocker as Twitter user, claiming to be an ethical hacker, deposited Re 1 in the bank account of the TRAI chief. The editorial said that the claims of the government were shaken by these developments.
In its scathing attack, the editorial says that those who are calling Aadhaar 100% safe and insisting on making it mandatory for government services, these same people called it unsafe when they were not in power. It is the same people who were against GST but celebrated GST Utsav in Parliament so their U-turn on Aadhaar shouldn’t be a surprise.