The weeks starts with some disconcerting news for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as a French hacker claimed via Twitter that Prime Minister Narendra Modi Website might have some security issues, leaving it vulnerable to hackers. The French hacker, who goes by the name Elliot Alderson on Twitter, has been constantly monitoring websites of the Indian government, and few private entities. His profile interestingly reads: “Worst nightmare of Oneplus, Wiko, UIDAI, Kimbho, Donald Daters, and others.”
According to Alderson, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Website was vulnerable enough to let anyone fully access its database. This, apparently was possible by opening the website in a staging subdomain. Looking at the impact made by the hacker over the past few months, Alderson claimed in a tweet thread that someone from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi security team has reached out to him and said they will take care of the issues which were highlighted during the “nice chat” between Alderson and the team behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi Website.
And he concluded saying that the team behind the website was able to confirm that the issue was limited to the staging subdomain only, which means the current website server is secure. Alderson has been highly critical of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in recent times, suggesting that Aadhaar is riddled with security loopholes and needs expert hands to fix the mess for one of the world’s biggest biometric databases of people.