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    Trai chief RS Sharma dismisses claims of Re 1 being deposited in account after publicising Aadhaar number

    Trai chief RS Sharma dismisses claims of Re 1 being deposited in account after publicising Aadhaar number

    Trai chief RS Sharma dismisses claims of Re 1 being deposited in account after publicising Aadhaar number
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    By CNBC-TV18  IST (Updated)

    RS Sharma, the Telecom and Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman, dismissed the claims of reports which said that "hackers deposited Re 1" in his account after he publicly disclosed his Aadhaar number on Twitter.
    Reports by leading media houses claimed that ethical hackers fetched the bank account details of Sharma after he posted his Aadhaar number.
    The reports also added that the users even posted screenshots and transaction IDs of a 1 rupee deposit in Sharma's Bank of India account via the Aadhaar-enabled payment service. The users, according to the reports, had access to the details of five of his accounts - PNB, Bank of India, SBI (joint account), Kotak Mahindra and ICICI Bank.
    The move triggered a tsunami of tweets with the Twitterati claiming that they had access to Sharma's personal details including Sharma's mobile numbers, residential address, date of birth, PAN number, voter ID number, telecom operator, phone model and Air India frequent flyer ID.
    "In my view, what needs to be understood is that Aadhaar demographic data itself is nothing secret," Sharma wrote in an article for The Indian Express.
    "The linking too is one-way and no harm can be caused if the Aadhaar number is leaked or shared. I had said so in an interview recently. In reaction to the article, one Twitter user challenged me to publish my Aadhaar details if I had so much trust in the system. I thought about it and decided I should have the courage to act on my belief. While I am an impulsive person at times, this tweet was not an impulsive one," he wrote.
    In the article, pointing out at a Times of India report which claimed that the hackers had access to his details, he said, "Finally, to the so-called hackers who actually challenged me, rather than the other way around: You have found information about me that other users could have obtained by a determined Google search without the benefit of knowing the Aadhaar number."
    Right after Sharma publicised his Aadhaar number, his daughter Kavita Sharma, was threatened through an email.
    The sender warned her that Sharma’s email accounts had been compromised and that his Punjab National bank account “is under imminent threat of being hacked”.
    “By posting a challenge on social media, RS Sharma has turned out to be an embarrassment to the nation and put a bounty on his accounts for hackers,” reads the email, accessed by The Wire.
    The email further warned that all “sensitive files would be released if he does not delete his accounts immediately”.
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