Two weeks back Gemalto, the world leader in digital security, issued a report about the Aadhaar data breach in India. According to the Breach Level Index, around 1.2 billion Aadhaar Card records were compromised in the first half of 2018.
Soon Gemalto reacted to the report and withdrew its report which claimed that data breach incidences in India were the second highest globally on account of compromise in the Aadhaar database.
The company released a statement stating, “Gemalto profusely regrets on its Breach Level Index Report 2018 and the subsequent press release issued in India on 15th October where it has by mistake taken into account an unverified news article about alleged Aadhaar data breach.”
Gemalto said that it has updated its Breach Level Index Report 2018 and wants to make it clear that it was an error in the above-said report which has been corrected.
“…all concerned should take note of it that we have not been able to track any verified or substantiated data breach of Aadhaar database of UIDAI. As a result, Gemalto has withdrawn this alleged data from the Breach Level Index. Any inconvenience caused to UIDAI is deeply regretted,” the statement said.
Today in the National Newspaper in India, Gemalto issued a public apology in this matter. Here’s what the company said in the statement –
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