Allaying concerns about the security of data in Aadhaar servers in the wake of “WannaCry” ransomware attack, the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) today said its database was completely secured and immune to attacks from any kind of malware. Also Read - Lost your Aadhaar card? Here's how to download Aadhaar card onlineAlso Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
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“The data in the Aadhaar servers is in the encrypted form. You cannot do anything with that information, which is in an encrypted form. Aadhaar main systems, which are really so very well-designed and robustly designed that there is no concern about security in Aadhaar,” UIDAI chairman J Satyanarayana said. UIDAI presently maintains the data of about 114 crore Indians in over 6,000 servers located in Bengaluru and Manesar.
“Just 48 hours back we had big scare all over the world about this ransomware. So, in Aadhaar, people were sleeping peacefully (as they are sure of its security features)… that it is 100 percent sure that nothing would happen. Such robust systems were put in place in Aadhaar,” he said in a programme organised by the Institution of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineers. ALOS READ: 48,000 WannaCry ransomware attack attempts seen in India: Quick Heal Tech
He said the government has spent Rs 7,000 crore on the establishment of Aadhaar and reaped benefits of over Rs 50,000 crore in the form of weeding out bogus beneficiaries of government schemes.
“We are geared up to do 10 crore transactions per day. And we are increasing up to 40 crore transactions per day. Our servers are capable of taking that load,” he further said. ALOS READ: Aadhaar-based OS for Android smartphones: Indus OS and Delta ID could change the digital landscape in India
According to Satyanarayana, the Telangana government has saved Rs 55.7 crore between January and July 2016 by deleting 38.63 lakh duplicate or ghost ration cards units using Aadhaar authentication while Andhra Pradesh saved 4,03,142 tonnes of rice and 5,000-kilo litres of kerosene by reducing 8.58 lakh cards. ALSO READ: 135 million Aadhaar numbers made public by four government portals: CIS report
He said Reliance Jio is one of the largest private players which used Aadhaar data for its subscribers.