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STF arrests 10 for making illegal Aadhaar cards

Sources in the STF said the arrested accused had told the police they used to take fingerprints of authorised operators of the UIDAI centres through a biometric device and then print them on butter paper using a laser printer.

By: Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: September 11, 2017 4:08 am
illegal Aadhaar cards, UP illegal Aadhaar cards, uttar pradesh illegal Aadhaar cards, illegal Aadhaar cards arrest, indian express, india news, up news The STF said these hackers sold the new client applications at Rs 5,000 each to some unauthorised operators.

The Uttar Pradesh Police’s Special Task Force on Sunday announced the arrest of 10 people who they said had illegally made Aadhaar cards after procuring the finger impressions of operators of UIDAI centres.

The STF arrested Saurabh Singh, Satendra Kumar, Shubham Singh, Shobhit Sachan, all residents of Kanpur, Shivam Kumar, Manoj Kumar, residents of Fatehpur district, Tulsiram of Mainpuri district, Kuldeep Singh of Pratapgarh, Chaman Gupta of Hardoi, and Guddu Gond of Azamgarh.

According to the STF, Saurabh is the kingpin of the group.

Sources in the STF said the arrested accused had told the police they used to take fingerprints of authorised operators of the UIDAI centres through a biometric device and then print them on butter paper using a laser printer. Then, they heated the paper after using photopolymer resin to prepare cloned fingerprints which they used to login to Aadhar website. Authorised UIDAI operators have to use their fingerprints to access the portal.

According to the STF, the UIDAI changed the login process for operators and made an iris recognition mandatory along with fingerprints, but the gang managed to create new client applications to bypass the iris recognition process.

The STF said these hackers sold the new client applications at Rs 5,000 each to some unauthorised operators.

The police task force said in a statement that the investigation was started after registration of an FIR on the basis of a complaint from the Unique Identification Authority of India deputy director who alleged preparation of Aadhaar cards by “unauthorised people” in various cities of the state by using tampered client applications to “misuse and bypass the operators’ mandatory certified login ID”.

The STF claimed to have found 11 laptops, 38 cloned fingerprints on paper, 46 cloned fingerprints made of a chemical, 12 mobile phones, two Aadhaar finger scanners, two retina scanners, eight rubber stamps, 18 Aadhaar cards and other material during their searches.

The 10 have been booked under IPC sections related to cheating and forgery and the relevant sections of the Information Technology Act and the Aadhaar Act, 2016.

The force said they reached to the racket’s mastermind Saurabh Singh after verifying intelligence inputs and arrested the 10 accused persons.

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    Oct 10, 2017 at 11:28 am
    A centralized and inter-linked biometric database like Aadhaar will lead to profiling and self-censorship, endangering freedom. Personal data gathered under the Aadhaar program is prone to misuse and surveillance. Aadhaar project has created a vulnerability to identi-ty fraud, even identi-ty theft. Easy harvesting of biometrics traits and publicly-available Aadhaar numbers increase the risk of impersonation, especially online and banking fraud. Centralized databases can be hacked. Biometrics can be cloned, copied and reused. Thus, BIOMETRICS CAN BE FAKED. High-resolution cameras can capture your fingerprints and iris information from a distance. Every eye hospital will have iris images of its patients. So another person can clone your fingerprints and iris images without your knowledge, and the same can be used for authentication. If the Aadhaar scheme is NOT STOPPED by the Supreme Court, the biometric features of Indians will soon be cloned, misused, and even traded.
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      #AADHAARFAIL
      Sep 13, 2017 at 2:50 pm
      When your bank account gets looted via aadhaar pay, you will call 1947, wait for 3 hours to get connected, the call center folks will simply ask you to visit aadhaar enrollment center, waiting list being 3 months, you will bribe 1000 INR and get an appointment with aadhaar enrollment center to resolve aadhaar misuse, they will ask you to email help at uidai dot gov dot in, you will send 10 emails in 10 days and then get a generic mail, asking you to specify all your details including preferred condom b , etc, you will respond with all details, you will follow up for 3 more days, then you will get a generic FINAL response, "Please lock your bio-metrics in UIDAI , Jai Hind!", after that even if you send 100 emails you will NOT get any response. You lock your bio-metrics, the criminal go to an aadhaar enrollment center and unlock your bio-metrics using stolen fingerprint and keep on looting your hard earned money.
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        Sep 11, 2017 at 9:40 pm
        UK’s Biometric ID Database was dismantled. Why the United Kingdom's biometrics-linked National Identi-ty Card project to create a centralized register of sensitive information about residents similar to Aadhaar was scrapped in 2010?? The reasons were the massive threat posed to the privacy of people, the possibility of a surveillance state, the dangers of maintaining such a huge centralized repository of sensitive information, and the purposes it could be used for, and the dangers of such a centralized database being hacked. The other reasons were the unreliability of such a large-scale biometric verification processes, and the ethics of using biometric identification.
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          Sep 11, 2017 at 9:39 pm
          The US Social Security Number (SSN) card has no biometric details, no photograph, no physical description and no birth date. All it does is confirm that a particular number has been issued to a particular name. Instead, a driving license or state ID card is used as an identification for adults. The US government does not collect the biometric details of its own citizens.
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            Oct 10, 2017 at 11:33 am
            The US government DOES NOT collect the biometric details of its own citizens for the purpose of issuing Social Security Number. The US collects the fingerprints of only those citizens who are involved in any criminal activity (it has nothing to do with SSN), and the citizens of other countries who come to the US.
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            RajKumar
            Sep 11, 2017 at 5:20 pm
            The uida.i. d.i.o.t.s were claiming that aadhaar cannot be faked. Shut down this non-sense called aadhaar today. It is a national security threat. Someday the pakistanis are going to withdraw all your money from your bank by faking your aadhaar and you can't do sheet.
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