UIDAI Helpline: Google says was hardcoded into Android setup

The mysterious addition of the former hotline of UID Authority of India, which spooked out Android users by mysteriously appearing on their phones, was hardcoded into the Android set-up program, Google has said. Responding to concerns of users’ phones being hacked by some secret agency, which then ‘loaded’ UIDAI’s helpline number, a Google spokesperson apologized […]

UIDAI Helpline: No, your phone has not been hacked!

Telecom operators and the Unique Identification Authority of India have denied having anything to do with the ‘mysterious’ addition of the UIDAI’s former helpline to the contact lists of Android phone users in India. That leaves only three candidates — Google, which makes Android, handset makers and any of the popular apps that has been […]

Not impacted by hacking attempt – Idea Cellular, Aditya Birla Cap

Two companies belonging to the Aditya Birla Group issued clarifications that they were not impacted by an attempted hacking of computers as reported in media reports. Telecom services provider Idea Cellular and financial services firm Aditya Birla Capital said they were not impacted. However, a third firm, Ultratech Cement, said there was an attempt “to […]

No, India’s AADHAAR database has not been compromised

Social and mainstream media is abuzz with headlines that scream that the Aadhaar database has been ‘leaked’ or ‘breached’ by miscreants and that the UID Authority of India has been caught napping. “Personal data of a billion Indians sold online for £6”, screams the Guardian. “Local Indian newspaper was able to access the private data […]

Andhra Bank, Syndicate Bank customers lose lakhs to Aadhaar fraud

Five customer accounts belonging to Andhra Bank and Syndicate Bank were subjected to fraudulent withdrawals using the customer’s Aadhaar data, government data indicated. Four of the five Aadhaar fraud cases took place in Andhra Bank, while the remaining one took place in Syndicate bank. The four account holders of Andhra Bank lost a total of […]

39 government websites hacked in India in 2 months

An increasing number of government department websites get hacked every year, according to data obtained from the Department of Information Technology. A total of 39 websites belonging to central government ministries and state governments were hacked in the first two months of this year. The number does not include data for government-linked sites, such as […]

Change your ATM PIN – Standard Chartered urges users after rise in hacking reports

Standard Chartered, the UK-based bank, has urged its banking customers in India to change their ATM PIN numbers in light of increasing cases of ATM fraud. “For the security of your account, we would recommend that you visit our ATMs or call our helpline number and change your Debit Card PIN,” the bank said in […]