After a thin report from Gemalto stating that data breach incidences in India were the second highest globally due to compromise in the Aadhaar database, the company’s CEO, Philippe Vallee has written an apology letter.
The report issued on Monday, which has now been taken back, claimed that 1 billion records were compromised in Aadhaar breach incident, including name, address and other personally identified information.
In a statement released by the company CEO Philippe Vallee, Gemalto apologised for the erroneous report and press release. “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.”
The CEO added, “We are launching an internal investigation and will take additional appropriate action internally. Further, as an organisation providing cybersecurity space expertise and solutions, we have not been able to find any evidence of any Aadhaar data being breached.”
It was a report in the Tribune newspaper that first exposed the dangers of the breach to Aadhaar security.