The UIDAI has taken two successive governments in India and the entire world for a ride. It identifies nothing. It is not unique. The entire UID data has never been verified and audited. The UID cannot be used for governance, financial databases or anything. It’s use is the biggest threat to national security since independence. – Anupam Saraph 2018

When I opposed Aadhaar in 2010 , I was called a BJP stooge. In 2016 I am still opposing Aadhaar for the same reasons and I am told I am a Congress die hard. No one wants to see why I oppose Aadhaar as it is too difficult. Plus Aadhaar is FREE so why not get one ? Ram Krishnaswamy

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.-Mahatma Gandhi

In matters of conscience, the law of the majority has no place.Mahatma Gandhi

“The invasion of privacy is of no consequence because privacy is not a fundamental right and has no meaning under Article 21. The right to privacy is not a guaranteed under the constitution, because privacy is not a fundamental right.” Article 21 of the Indian constitution refers to the right to life and liberty -Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi

“There is merit in the complaints. You are unwittingly allowing snooping, harassment and commercial exploitation. The information about an individual obtained by the UIDAI while issuing an Aadhaar card shall not be used for any other purpose, save as above, except as may be directed by a court for the purpose of criminal investigation.”-A three judge bench headed by Justice J Chelameswar said in an interim order.

Legal scholarUsha Ramanathandescribes UID as an inverse of sunshine laws like the Right to Information. While the RTI makes the state transparent to the citizen, the UID does the inverse: it makes the citizen transparent to the state, she says.

Good idea gone bad
I have written earlier that UID/Aadhaar was a poorly designed, unreliable and expensive solution to the really good idea of providing national identification for over a billion Indians. My petition contends that UID in its current form violates the right to privacy of a citizen, guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution. This is because sensitive biometric and demographic information of citizens are with enrolment agencies, registrars and sub-registrars who have no legal liability for any misuse of this data. This petition has opened up the larger discussion on privacy rights for Indians. The current Article 21 interpretation by the Supreme Court was done decades ago, before the advent of internet and today’s technology and all the new privacy challenges that have arisen as a consequence.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, MP Rajya Sabha

“What is Aadhaar? There is enormous confusion. That Aadhaar will identify people who are entitled for subsidy. No. Aadhaar doesn’t determine who is eligible and who isn’t,” Jairam Ramesh

But Aadhaar has been mythologised during the previous government by its creators into some technology super force that will transform governance in a miraculous manner. I even read an article recently that compared Aadhaar to some revolution and quoted a 1930s historian, Will Durant.Rajeev Chandrasekhar, Rajya Sabha MP

“I know you will say that it is not mandatory. But, it is compulsorily mandatorily voluntary,” Jairam Ramesh, Rajya Saba April 2017.

August 24, 2017: The nine-judge Constitution Bench rules that right to privacy is “intrinsic to life and liberty”and is inherently protected under the various fundamental freedoms enshrined under Part III of the Indian Constitution

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the World; indeed it's the only thing that ever has"

“Arguing that you don’t care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don’t care about free speech because you have nothing to say.” -Edward Snowden

In the Supreme Court, Meenakshi Arora, one of the senior counsel in the case, compared it to living under a general, perpetual, nation-wide criminal warrant.

Had never thought of it that way, but living in the Aadhaar universe is like living in a prison. All of us are treated like criminals with barely any rights or recourse and gatekeepers have absolute power on you and your life.

Announcing the launch of the#BreakAadhaarChainscampaign, culminating with events in multiple cities on 12th Jan. This is the last opportunity to make your voice heard before the Supreme Court hearings start on 17th Jan 2018. In collaboration with @no2uidand@rozi_roti.

UIDAI's security seems to be founded on four time tested pillars of security idiocy

1) Denial

2) Issue fiats and point finger

3) Shoot messenger

4) Bury head in sand.

God Save India

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

11412 - MeitY reaches out to RBI, NIC, Aadhaar to warn against ‘Wanna Cry’ ransomware - The Tech Portal

MeitY reaches out to RBI, NIC, Aadhaar to warn against ‘Wanna Cry’ ransomware

1 day agoAshvita Anand

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) has advised stakeholders like RBI, National Payments Corporation of India, NIC and UIDAI (Aadhaar) to protect their systems from being infected by the fast-spreading ‘Wanna Cry’ ransomware to ensure that the digital payments system of the country remains safe.

This move from MeitY comes after over 100 countries’ healthcare and telecommunication sectors faced the repercussions of the ‘Wanna Cry’ ransomware recently. The Ministry has asked cyber security unit Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT)-In to gather info more on the ransomware.

It has taken several steps to ensure that citizens of the country are warned against the ransomware and has reached out to several departments such as the Department of Telecom (DoT) to alert Internet service providers (ISPs) to secure their networks as well as the Data Security Council of India (DSCI) and CDAC to do the same.

The ransomware wreaked havoc on the world this weekend when it hit computer systems in several countries including Russia and UK, making it one of the most widespread cyber attacks to have ever hit the world. It operated by locking access to files on computers that were running older and out-of-date versions of Microsoft Windows such as XP.

The cyber criminals behind these attacks have demanded a fee of about $300 in encrypted currencies like Bitcoin to unlock the device. Microsoft has now released a security patch in light of this situation and is urging its customers around the world to download this solution. In addition, there are now a list of guidelines on Microsoft Community to help customers protect their systems from the ransomware.

Although there have been no formal reports regarding the ransomware attack yet, MeitY has claimed that a few systems of the Police Department of Andhra Pradesh have been affected and the state government has been instructed to follow the directions given by CERT-In.

The Ministry in a statement stated,
MeitY is keeping a close watch on the developments on the ransomware and is working in close coordination with all relevant agencies.

The Ministry has also been in touch with Microsoft India, urging it to inform all its partners and customers to use the relevant patches of security solution. According to CERT-In, the ransomware spreads by infecting other computers that work on the same network and also through malware in e-mail attachments. To stop its spread therefore, security firms have suggested that users disconnect the infected device from the local network.

The damage of the ransomware was seen in countries like Spain, where the malware affected telecommunications company Telefonica as well as several others, and in UK where hospitals and clinics turned away patients because they did not have access to computers.

According to several reports, over two lakh computers have been infected worldwide. Experts believe the situation will be worse in the country as several computer systems still work on earlier software and have not been updated yet.

India is being considered among the top countries that have been negatively affected by the Wanna Cry ransomware, accounting for almost 5% of the attacks. This is mainly because most systems in the country still run on Microsoft XP, one of the operating systems that is most at risk.

Multiple comments by experts reveal more about the ransomware attack and cyber security as a whole.
According to Saket Modi, the CEO and co-founder of Lucideus, ransomware is a trend that seems to be gaining popularity fast, with security companies now receiving 4-5 requests a week from companies around the country to protect them.
The ransomware currently appears to be slowing down, after ‘Malware Tech’ a Britain-based security researcher found a “kill switch” for it. However, experts have warned people that the ransomware could find a way around this fix.