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Aadhaar operator’s biometrics were stolen and misused repeatedly: report

UIDAI emails and records show that an Aadhaar operator’s biometrics were used multiple times in different locations on the same day, without his knowledge, reports HuffPost India. The UIDAI barred him from being an operator for 5 years. It also fined him Rs 33 lakhs in December 2018, a month after it barred his access to the Aadhaar enrollment system for enrolment errors. This operator's biometrics are still being attempted at being used, the purpose of this is unclear, but there is a clear breach. This indicates that his biometrics were stolen and misused for an unknown period of time, while the UIDAI remained oblivious. Why it matters: The misuse of an Aadhaar operator’s biometrics indicates vulnerabilities in the Aadhaar and the security nets of the UIDAI. The case Vikram Sheokhand worked as an Aadhaar enrolment operator at the local State Bank of India office in Jind, Haryana According to the UIDAI’s records, Sheokhand’s biometrics were used in multiple places within a few hours in a Ratnakar Bank branch, a Yes Bank branch, and an SBI branch in Haryana, and at the Madhya Pradesh State Electronics Development Corporation in Bhopal UIDAI emails confirm that Sheokhand’s credentials were used in multiple places in a single day and on November 8, 2018. On November 13, the UIDAI barred Sheokhand from working as an enrollment operator for 5 years. However, attempts are still being made to use his biometrics in different banks across the country What was misused and how was it done? HuffPost…

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