The unwarranted & kidding dare on Twitter
“My Aadhaar number is 7621 XXXX XXXX Now I give this challenge to you: Show me one concrete example where you can do any harm to me!”
To make his Aadhaar number public and then challenging the hackers to show how they could harm him went viral in no times inviting waves of trolls which stole the sleep of the poor chap.
Hackers stole his bank details and even deposited Re 1 to show him the nefarious powers of technologies and how it can be used and misused. According to ethical hackers, nearly 14 items had been leaked so far, which include Sharma's mobile numbers, residential address, date of birth, PAN number, vo ter ID number, telecom operator, phone model, and Air India frequent flyer ID.
However Sharma has claimed that the hackers got the details through Google search and 'social engineering' and not with the knowledge of his Aadhaar number.
On 30 July, hackers got nasty and threatened TRAI Chairman’s daughter Kavita Sharma, warning her of "regretful consequences if she didn't respond".The threat email was also copied to two journalists working with a news organisation. They also claimed that Sharma's Punjab National Bank account was "under imminent threat of being hacked".
Some hackers even claimed that they had registered themselves as 'RS Sharma' on several e-commerce sites using his details, and had also placed cash on delivery (CoD) orders.
Commenting on the disturbing episode, RS Sharma himself wrote in an article: "There have been hundreds of attempts at false authentication from UIDAI servers and not even a single one of them has succeeded. Thus far I have not lost the challenge and I’m very confident that I will not. Yes, some distress may be caused to me by the concerted effort of so many people. However, for that Aadhaar is not to blame."
The Aadhaar issuing authority UIDAI concurred with Sharma and said that all the data were taken from other sites.
At last, Sharma had a few advices for Aadhaar holders. He asked them to refrain from aping him, “I am not suggesting for a moment that any of you could also publicly share your Aadhaar number. Replicating the same challenge doesn’t prove anything more.”
Later, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has also advised people to refrain from making their Aadhaar number public on the internet and on social media and posing challenges to others.
Justice BN Srikrishna-led committee has recently submitted its data protection draft bill to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MEITY). The Data Protection Bill 2018 has also recommended that the Aadhaar Act needs to be amended significantly to bolster privacy protections and ensure autonomy of the UIDAI.
So next time be careful if you have to mention your Adhaar number anywhere.