Many of us are living under the illusion that our personal data is secure with the government agencies, oblivious to the fact that NADRA needs to upgrade its infrastructure.
In what can only be perceived as a very unusual news, a new report released by WikiLeaks indicates that the US and UK had direct access to NADRA’s records, which enabled them to access the data of Pakistani citizens stored in its system.
The report depicts that the US and M16 (British Intelligence) got their hands on the voters’ data by establishing a front company, dubbed as International Identity Service, in the UK. The company was hired as a consultant by NADRA.
This should be a wakeup call for NADRA and for all of us. The news highlights the importance of creating a strong infrastructure so that personal information of the citizens can be protected. Also, what’s even more bizarre is that it is still unclear that if there was a breach in the system, or how deep they have penetrated into the system.
Those who are not aware, NSA used to infect systems across the world through front companies and by using various tools to access their data.
A WikiLeaks tweet mentioned:
— WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) June 6, 2017
Moreover, this might come as a surprise to many but the leaked cable from US Embassy in Islamabad also indicates that the then Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gillani and Interior Minister Rehman Malik actually went to the US embassy and offered to share NADRA’s database, which includes all types of data of Pakistani citizen.
In any case, we’ll keep a track on the story to keep our readers updated. Subscribe to BizUpdates.net to keep yourself updated with new and recent trends of the country’s business ecosystem.