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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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  • 99-year-old runner beats 92-year-old in impressive photo finish

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    It was a photo finish for the ages.

    A 99-year-old runner, sneaked by his 92-year-old competitor, winning a 60-meter dash by 500ths of a second. A little lean forward was all World War II veteran Orville Rogers needed to clinch victory.

    Just look at how close the two sprinters get at the end of the race earlier this week at the USATF Masters Indoor Track & Field Championships.

    Rogers told Runners World he was visualizing the win, a technique he uses to guide his competitive spirit.

    “That’s still my objective: I train hard and I visualize crossing the finish line out in front. And I work at it pretty consistently. It’s very rewarding to be able to accomplish what you set out to do,” Rogers said. …

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  • Elon Musk thinks unions are bad for Tesla

    Last night, tunneling fan CEO Elon Musk sent an email to Tesla employees firing back against allegations of poor working conditions and low pay. He rebutted claims made by Jose Moran, a production worker at the company’s Fremont factory, that mandato…

  • The FCC just made it easier for companies to sell your information

    The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission is trying to block a privacy rule which would protect your internet data. The FCC ruled last year that internet service providers (ISPs) would be required to adopt “reasonable” security measures to protect their customers’ data by March 2. Now Pai is seeking a stay on that rule. One of the security measures companies will no longer have to abide by is getting consumer consent before sharing sensitive information. According to TechCrunch, the information includes browsing history, children’s information, location, and Social Security numbers. In a statement, a spokesman says Chairman Pai requested…

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  • After Logan, Patrick Stewart is leaving the X-Men franchise

    We’ve known for a while that Logan would be Hugh Jackman’s last outing in the X-Men franchise as Wolverine. Now it’s been confirmed another major actor is done: Patrick Stewart, who has played Professor X since the first film 17 years ago.

    The actor made the announcement today during a SiriusXM Town Hall event alongside Jackman and Logan director James Mangold, according to Entertainment Weekly. During the event, Stewart talked about how the three had watched the film together last week in Berlin, and were moved to tears.

    The movie ended… and we were going to be taken up on stage, but not until the credits were over. So, we had some time to sit there and, as I sat there I realized there will never be a better, a more perfect, a more…

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