Aadhaar system - a sitting duck for Ransom ware attacks

New Delhi: WannaCry, the nasty malware which blocked the access to one’s computer and demands money to release it, was by far one of the worst cyber attacks in history. Its particular ability to jump from system to system, led the cyber experts to name it as “ransom worm”.

While earlier Aadhaar system was a non-linked service, now it is being linked with income tax, bank account and other such sensitive information.

In case an attack happens through Aadhaar, the user’s bank account can be locked down along with other such data, and a ransom could be demanded to release it. Nowadays, the economy is moving towards the cashless exchange, which makes the threat even more dangerous.