TMC: Following a notification from an American cyber security agency about the purported data leak involving the Aadhaar and passport details of over 81 crore Indians, the arrests were made.
Saket Gokhale, a member of the Trinamool Congress (TMC), charged on Monday that the Narendra Modi-led government in the Central government had given misleading information in Parliament about the security of Aadhaar data. This occurred after four people were detained on suspicion of leaking Indian citizen Aadhaar and passport information to the dark web.
Gokhale wrote on X, “In Parliament, Modi Govt replied to my question & denied any breach of Aadhaar.” Now, four people have been arrested for leaking Aadhaar and passport information from the ICMR database on the dark web. Rajeev Chandrashekhar, why is your Ministry in Parliament? “What are you concealing?”
The four people were apprehended by the Delhi Police Cyber Unit about ten days ago, following a spontaneous action by the authorities. Personal information, including Aadhaar and passport numbers, was allegedly stolen from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) data bank and sold on the dark web.
According to police, the breach was discovered in October, and the sensitive information was being sold on illegal online platforms.
TMC slams Modi govt for 4 held for selling data on the dark web.
According to a News18 report, personal details of more than 81.5 crore Indians were leaked online in what was described as the “biggest” data leak in the country, allegedly from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). According to the report, Resecurity, an American cyber security and intelligence agency, was the first to notice the leak.
Following the data leak alert from the American cyber security company, Congress MP Manickam Tagore wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi raising concerns about the security and integrity of Indian citizens.
The national spokesman for the TMC, Gokhale, claimed in July that information about senior political figures was exposed on the social media platform Telegram, following an alleged breach of the nation’s Covid-19 vaccination tracking system CoWin. In addition to the Aadhaar card numbers, senior leaders’ gender, date of birth, and vaccination center, he posted screenshots of the breach on his official X (previously Twitter) account.