Smartphone users are clueless as UIDAI helpline number enters their phonebooks

Published on: Aug 3, 2018 13:39 IST
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Whenever we wake on a Friday, we are all filled with weekend vibes. But today, something unusual happened. Many people that are using smartphones in India were left puzzled as they saw a Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) toll-free helpline number saved in their phonebooks by default. The UIDAI, which is yet to issue an official report on this, has replaced the earlier helpline number, that is 1800-300-1947, with the new number, 1947, which got into the users' phonebooks without their assent.

"This is no joke as it is on my phone too. I didn't save this number. Check your phone asap, feeling worried," a user tweeted with a screenshot. A French security expert, Elliot Alderson, asked UIDAI on Twitter: "Many people, with different providers, with and without an #Aadhaar card, with and without the mAadhaar app installed, noticed that your phone number is predefined in their contact list by default without their knowledge. Can you explain why?"

The news generated quite the buzz on Twitter, which is still to come to complete terms with TRAI Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open challenge to tamper with his Aadhaar. Sharma had shared his 12-digit Aadhaar number on Twitter a while back, and ethical hackers have since then exposed as many 14 of his personal details, such as home address, mobile number, PAN number, voter ID, etc.

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