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1 bn Aadhaar data records breached since January: Gemalto

1 bn Aadhaar data records breached since January: Gemalto

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Around one billion data records pertaining to Aadhaar have been compromised since January, according to a new report by digital security firm Gemalto.

AadhaarAs reported by the company’s Breach Level Index, almost one billion data records have been breached in India since 2013. These details were disclosed during the index began benchmarking.

“During the first six months of 2018, almost 1 billion records were compromised in Aadhaar breach incident, including name, address and other personally identified information. This is particularly concerning, since the stolen, lost or compromised data records of only one out of 12 breaches were protected by encryption to render the information useless,” Gemalto said.

The index comprises a global database of public data breaches. It revealed 945 data breaches led to 4.5 billion data records being compromised across the world in the first few months of 2018.

As compared to the corresponding period in 2017, the number of lost, burgled or compromised records increased by a shocking 133 percent. However, the complete number of breaches reduced slightly over the same period, signaling inflation in the intensity of each incident.

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