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  • Aadhaar Data breach: UIDAI finds multiple transactions done with the same fingerprint

    Payment Authentication through biometric scanning. Image: Narendra Bhooshan Twitter: @nbhooshan

    The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has pulled up three organisations in what appears to be a data breach of the Aadhaar system. The breach that is currently under investigation has caused privacy concerns, and it all comes at a time when the government is pushing for digital payments.

    The breach also raises plenty of questions over the security features the UIDAI’s Aadhaar system offers.

    According to a report by Livemint, the UIDAI had filed a police complaint on 15 February against Axis Bank Ltd, business correspondent Suvidhaa Inforserve and e-sign provider eMudhra, stating that they had allegedly attempted unauthorized authentication and impersonation by means by illegally storing Aadhaar biometrics.

    According to the same report, all three had been given time till 27 February to explain why they did the same.

    Payment Authentication through biometric scanning. Image: Narendra Bhooshan
    Twitter: @nbhooshan

    UIDAI detected the problem when it found multiple transactions done using the same fingerprint. The official who spoke on conditions of anonymity to Livemint, said that this would not have been possible without storing biometric data.

    An Axis Bank spokesperson told Livemint that it was a developer from Suvidhaa that carried out the live Aadhaar-based authentications, which is technically where the blame games begin.

    Indeed this goes against the government’s claims that Aadhaar is impenetrable and invulnerable.

    The UIDAI indeed seems to be on spring cleaning drive. It recently shut down a 12 fraudulent websites and even took down some mobile apps for fleecing unsuspecting customers and even for unauthorized sharing of data. UIDAI has directed the closure of 26 more illegal and unauthorised websites and applications.

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  • Bellator 173 Results: Winners, Scorecards from McGeary vs. Fields Card

    Bellator 173 didn’t disappoint.

    The big winners on the night are Liam McGeary and James Gallagher, who both finished their opponent in front of the Irish fans in Belfast in dominant fashion even if McGeary’s win came in a strange way via a doctor’s stoppage in Round 2.

    McGeary won the fight but may have been disappointed by the stoppage. He was really beginning to get into a rhythm before the doctor called the bout. It appeared his opponent, Brett McDermott, was having trouble seeing after getting tagged with a brutal knee to the forehead.

    The promotion needed a good card tonight after the Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Mitrione main event collapsed at Bellator 172, so hopefully the company can move on and try to regain the momentum it had at the beginning of the new year.

    There were five total fights on the main card in Belfast, and here’s how it went down:

    Bellator 173 Main Card Results

    • Liam McGeary def. Brett McDermott by TKO (doctor’s stoppage). Round 2, 1:06
    • James Gallagher def. Kirill Medvedovsky by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:53
    • Iony Razafiarison def. Sinead Kavanagh by unanimous decision
    • Alex Lohore def. Colin Fletcher by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 2, 2:42
    • Shay Walsh def. James McErleane by unanimous decision

    Walsh outlasts McErleane

    In the first fight of the main card, Shay Walsh was able to narrowly defeat James McErleane in a tough battle in the bantamweight division.

    For Walsh, it was a big victory over a tough opponent that should push him up the rankings even though he wasn’t able to secure the finish. He won over all three judges 29-28 in a tight contest though it wouldn’t have been a surprise if the fight went in favor of McErleane.

    As all fighters know by now, it’s best to just finish the fight and not leave it up to the judges.

    Lohore chokes out Fletcher

    Alex Lohore was lucky to survive the first round, but he pulled himself together and was able to submit Colin Fletcher in the second round.

    Lohore took Fletcher down 25 seconds in, and Fletcher worked hard on a D’Arce choke only to see Lohore escape. Fletcher then caught a Lohore kick, and after backing him up, leveled him with a massive right hand that sent Lohore to the canvas.

    It looked like the fight was going to be stopped since Lohore went limp, but somehow, Lohore was able to regain consciousness and survived the round. In the second, Lohore got the mount and worked Fletcher’s head and body until Fletcher gave his back, which allowed Lohore to lock in a rear-naked choke and force the tap.

    It was one hell of a debut for Lohore, and he may have gained a strong following with such a resilient, entertaining performance.

    Razafiarison takes care of Kavanagh

    Not many people expected Sinead Kavanagh to lose on home turf, but Iony Razafiarison was the better fighter Friday night.

    Things started well for Kavanagh as she scored a knockdown in the opening minutes of the fight, but that was the only real moment that Kavanagh had the edge. Razafiarison took Kavanagh down with relative ease throughout the bout even though there times when she didn’t do much but lay on top of Kavanagh.

    Having said that, Razafiarison did show some brutal ground-and-pound at times.

    If Kavanagh was able to land a few more punches and show some type of activity, things might’ve turned out differently for her.

    Unfortunately, she wasn’t ready for this type of grueling, frustrating fight.

    Gallagher can’t be stopped

    The reign of James Gallagher continues, and he just can’t stop choking out his opposition.

    Gallagher had little trouble against Kirill Medvedovsky as he was able to take down Medvedovsky in the opening minutes of Round 1 and immediately get his back.

    Once Gallagher gets your back, you’re going to sleep.

    The Irishman has been on a tear to begin his young professional career. The 20-year old SBG product is now 5-0 as he moves up the featherweight rankings. And speaking of moving up the rankings, Gallagher knew exactly what to say after his victory and showed no mercy in calling out his future opponent.

    Is A.J. McKee up next for the young Irishman? Fight fans certainly hope so.

  • Russell Westbrook has averaged a triple double over his past 82 regular season games

    Westbrook (kind of) did it!

    In the last 82 regular season games that Russell Westbrook has played, he is officially averaging a triple-double. Dating back to Feb. 24, 2016, Westbrook’s averages are 28.3 points, 10.5 assists, 10.0 rebounds.

    The dynamic MVP candidate is also still averaging a triple-double for this season — in 57 games played, he’s at 31.1 points, 10.5 rebounds and 10.1 assists. However, this is the first time that we’ve been able to add the end of Westbrook’s season last year — the final 25 games — to his tally this season. Add it all together, and it’s a triple-double.

    At this point, Westbrook seems more likely than not to become the second player ever to average a triple-double for the season, following Oscar Robertson back in the 1961-62 season. However, even if he does fall slightly short, we know that he was able to do it for at least an 82-game stretch, albeit with an offseason in the middle.

    Westbrook pushed himself over the mark with 17 points, 18 rebounds and 17 assists against the Lakers on Friday. The rebounds, in particular, he needed to achieve this particular statistical feat — the 18 gave him exactly 820 over his last 82 games.

    For just this season, Westbrook’s currently more in danger of losing the 10 assists per game average, given he’s only averaging 10.1 assists per game. However, the Thunder‘s trade deadline addition of Taj Gibson and Doug McDermott could change that. McDermott instantly becomes the best shooter on the team while Gibson is a very effective scorer in multiple ways who should benefit greatly from Westbrook.

    Ultimately, no one will remember this 82-game sample like they will if Westbrook does or doesn’t average it over a year. Still, it’s worth marveling briefly at how incredible this feat really is for Westbrook.

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