Aadhaar data completely safe from ‘WannaCry’: UIDAI assures
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 18-May-2017

New Delhi, May 18: Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has assured that Aadhaar servers, carrying details of billions of Indians, are safe from WannaCry ransonware as they're in encrypted form. WannaCry ransomware has been attacking digital systems across the world.

"Aadhaar main systems, which are really so very well-designed and robustly designed that there is no concern about security in Aadhaar," UIDAI chairman J Satyanarayana said on Thursday.

He said the government has spent Rs 7,000 crore on establishment of Aadhaar and reaped benefits of over Rs 50,000 crore in the form of weeding out bogus beneficiaries of government schemes.

UIDAI presently maintains the data of about 114 crore Indians in over 6,000 servers located in Bengaluru and Manesar.

The ransomware, Wanna Cry infected computers running on older versions of Microsoft operating systems like XP, locking access to files on the computer and encrypted all the data stored on the hard drives. In lieu of decrypting the data, Wanna Cry demanded payment in bitcoin, a crypto-currency.

Earlier, RBI has asked banks to update specific Windows patches on ATMs urgently and not to operate ATM machines unless updates are in place. In the case of ATMs, there is no data stored in the machine. Neither is there storage of any kind of logic that will block transactions. Even if a machine were to get affected it can be reformatted and put to use immediately, Manohar Bhoi, President at Electronic Payments and Services said.