Aadhaar Twitter Dare Backfires

TRAI chairman RS Sharma opened a can of worms and sparked a debate on Aadhaar’s privacy and security vulnerabilities after he posted his 12-digit identity number on Twitter as a part of a ‘dare’ challenging Aadhaar critics. 

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On 28 July, TRAI chairman Ram Sewak Sharma published his Aadhaar number on Twitter and challenged critics to cause him harm

Social media users took up the challenge, dug up Sharma’s personal information & deposited Re 1 in his bank account

His daughter was threatened via email & told to pay a ransom to keep the family’s bank accounts from being hacked

Slamming Sharma’s ‘dare,’ the UIDAI has warned that publicly posting the Aadhaar number is a criminal offence

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On 28 July, TRAI chairman Ram Sewak Sharma published his Aadhaar number on Twitter and challenged critics to cause him harm

Social media users took up the challenge, dug up Sharma’s personal information & deposited Re 1 in his bank account

His daughter was threatened via email & told to pay a ransom to keep the family’s bank accounts from being hacked

Slamming Sharma’s ‘dare,’ the UIDAI has warned that publicly posting the Aadhaar number is a criminal offence