Mohammed Abdul Khader Nakshbandi Aziz, employed at an SBI kiosk customer service point at Kummarwadi, Shaik Shabbir Hussain, a former e-seva operator and Md Aslam, a junior assistant with Telangana State Southern Power Distribution Company Limited in Nalgonda district downloaded leaked Aadhaar data from the internet and used it to create new savings bank accounts to steal the pension money of nearly 300 people. An approximate 50 lakh rupees was stolen through such fake bank accounts when they posed as persons authorised to process the Asara Pension Health Scheme for senior citizens at the Bandlaguda Tahsildar Officer and collected money from the government on the pretext of sanctioning it to beneficiaries. “They have cheated government and public to the tune of `40 lakh,” said deputy Commissioner Avinash Mohanty.

Highlighting the ignorance of our machinery on data security, the police in its press note also leaked the Aadhaar numbers of several of the victims.


Update: More than 500 Aadhaar cards have been blocked (indicating that the cards themselves may be fraudulently obtained) by the UIDAI and the amount stolen is now estimated to be 50 lakh.


This is why the UIDAI is lying through its teeth when it says the demographic data leaked from Aadhaar breaches cannot be misused without biometrics.

Vidyut is a commentator on socio-political issues with a keen understanding of tech and policy. She has been observing and commenting on Aadhaar since 2010 from a perspective of human rights, democracy and technological robustness.

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