The Indian government’s decision to link vital Aadhaar number to bank accounts, income tax and mobile phones could trigger a wave of internet financial crimes in the country.
“ Cyber crime is rapidly rising worldwide including India as criminals use the Internet to commit a multitude of criminal activities using the Internet and law enforcement agencies are struggling to cope with the huge growth of the problem, with linking of Aadhar card with banking and phone numbers on the internet increases the risk of financial frauds “ said Arvind Gopal, Attorney, Digital Crimes Unit, at Microsoft.
“If Aadhaar card is linked everywhere then people’s personal information will be leaked thereby paving way for cyber crimes. Our country India lacks proper mechanism to fight such crimes. The entire process of Aadhaar-enabled services are prone to cyber-attacks. Linking Aadhaar with all kinds of services is making things worse as social engineering is often used to find out bank account details, credit card numbers and passwords to steal money from people’s accounts.” He said.