Once data is leaked, people can be targeted, say experts

Sunil Pradhan
Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Cyber experts said in India people are targeted by fraudsters more through social engineering and phishing and less via hacking.

Pune: While TRAI Chairman RS Sharma’s Twitter dare of sharing his Aadhaar number and inviting people to cause damage to him received criticism on the Internet, cyber experts feel the government should work on spreading awareness about protecting Aadhaar data instead of sharing their data on the Internet like Sharma did. Cyber experts said in India people are targeted by fraudsters more through social engineering and phishing and less via hacking. Cyber expert Anil Raj of Cybervault Securities Solutions Private Limited said the world of the Internet is quite big and there are smart hackers who can cause damage to the Aadhaar system. 

“If the system is very strong and cannot be hacked there can be data breach through social engineering. When it comes to masses, people can be easily duped by fraudsters if they are having Aadhaar number of people,” added Raj. 

Another cyber expert Chirayu Mahajan of ANA Cyber Forensic said Sharma has provoked hackers on the Internet who are giving befitting replies to him.

“However we must be focused on safety of data of people and nothing else. Yes, Aadhaar system is quite safe and lot of security measures were installed in the system once loopholes in the systems were pointed out. Being from technical background I would say that systems can be hacked and there are several ways to do it. We can never be sure that the system is hundred per cent safe and so our focus should be on increasing the security of the system. We have heard of instances of Aadhaar data leak in past and what is the surety that such incidents would not be repeated,” added Mahajan. 

Advocate Gaurav Jachak said that the operating system used most widely across the world is Windows which asks for frequent patch work in the system. “Apart from social engineering and phishing, people can be stalked on the Internet using Aadhaar data. Another problem which people might face after their data is leaked is through forgery. People are asked to share their Aadhaar number at several places. What is the assurance that the Aadhaar number is safe?” added Jachak.

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