Did third-party sell Jio user details?

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Jul 11, 2017 02:14 PM IST

There has always been an uproar against common citizens' identity. But why such opposition, is the question. The answer to this is the recent Jio data leak through a third-party website.

As per reports, a  third-party website, named magicapk.com has been leaking Jio consumers data. This website allowed Jio users to search identification details that is used for KYC verification by entering the Jio number. As per the investigation, the website has been there on cyber space from May. Till today, the owner of this website remains anonymous.

Although the website is now no longer available, many user details, which were found on the web are perfect and matched - as per the report of popular technology media. Citing various reasons, the whistleblowing didn't mention the names they tested with the data leak.

The leaked data contains user information including  Aadhaar number. The details include first name, middle name, last name, mobile number, e-mail ID, circle ID, SIM activation date and time and Aadhaar number in some cases.

Reliance, in a statement, responded to the leak as unauthentic and unverified. 'We have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. We want to assure our subscribers that their data is safe and maintained with highest security. Data is only shared with authorities as per their requirement. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic,' a spokesperson said.

Speaking to News Today, NPCI, chief operating officer, Dillip Abse, said, 'Till today, there were no complaints against Aadhaar and payments based on it. As per UIDAI, data of Aadhaar users are safe and maintained with good security.'

Rajendran V of Cyber Society of India said, 'Information stored in the database of any organisation should be maintained separately and it should be handled by the same organisation. But UIDAI has left the data handling to private agencies. So, the government has to maintain the confidential data.'

What was the reason for the leak?

Investigations are on by law enforcement agencies as per the complaint of Reliance Jio. Unless or until the truth is found out, customers are asked not to share their user credentials, passwords, Jio number, Aadhaar details to anyone.

It is learnt that, Airtel, too, requested its customers to verify or add their Aadhaar number before 6 February 2018 to avoid disconnection.