Ration Theft Racket Busted in Gujarat. Police Recover over 1,100 Fingerprint Casts: Report
The cybercrime cell of Ahmedabad police has busted a racket that was stealing ration through bogus validated documents and recovered more than 1,100 casts of beneficiary fingerprints made on some silicone-like material, says a report.
 
In the report, Times of India, says , "The modus operandi used by the racketeers is shocking as a fingerprint cast can be used to endorse any document, open locked apps and mobile phones and bypass bio-metric barriers that depend solely on fingerprints."
 
"Corrupted fair price shop owners used to provide the fingerprints and data to mastermind behind the racket, Bharat Chaudhary of Banaskantha, who used to take Rs1,000 to prepare each fingerprint cast from scans. The fingerprint casts were then used to imprint fingerprints of poor people and siphon off their ration from the public distribution system (PDS). The food grains and other material were then sold in black in the open market with fair price shop owners pocketing the difference," the report says.
 
So far the police have arrested 40 persons including Mr Chaudhary. Quoting sources, the newspaper says, Mr Chaudhary and his gang held soft copies and associated data of nearly 2,500 fingerprints. 
 
Rajdeepsinh Jhala, deputy commissioner police (DCP) of the cybercrime cell, told the newspaper that “This is a huge scam spread across states like Haryana. It is not only fair price shop owners who can misuse the fingerprint casts, it can be disastrous for national interest. Imagine your fingerprint being with someone. What may not he do in your name with that? More people may be arrested, and from other states.”
 
In January 2018, a report from Sandesh, a Gujarati newspaper, had revealed how biometric data of almost 12.7 million  ration card-holders is leaked and fair price shop (FPS) owners are using pirated software to siphon food grains meant for these people. 
 
Since the past seven years, Gujarat is using biometric devices to prevent FPS owners and ration card-holders from misappropriating PDS food grain. Under the Scheme, fingerprints as well as important data of the ration card-holder is collected. To obtain his quota of food grain, the card-holders needs to personally visit the fair price shop, match his or her fingerprints on the system, and then get dal, rice, sugar and oil as per his allotted quota. The card-holder will not receive the food grains if his or her fingerprints are not matched. 
 
 
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As per the report, a large number of FPS shop owners in Surat are purchasing this software consisting of leaked fingerprints data for Rs25,000. Using this software, the shop owners are creating and using coupons worth crores of rupees, without the knowledge of the ration card-holder to procure and then sell food grains in open market. This is not only happening in Surat but throughout the state, the newspaper says quoting its sources. (Read: In Gujarat, biometric data of 1.27 crore ration card-holders is leaked, reports Sandesh newspaper)
 
Earlier in 2013, Jude Terrence D’souza, a Mumbai-based forensic expert, showed to the full house of audience at a Moneylife Foundation event, on how unique identification (UID) or Aadhaar can be undermined by faking of fingerprints. 
 
Mr D’souza showed a demo on how pre-spoofed prints made from wax and Fevicol can be accepted as valid fingerprints.
 
 
According to Mr D’souza, it is extremely easy to forge fingerprints and fool biometric devices. By their very nature, convergence creates an automatic privacy subverting infrastructure and concentrates power in the hands of those controlling the technology. 
 
Mr D’souza says that the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) has not only multiplied this danger, but unknowingly introduced massive vulnerabilities in the processes of creating and establishing identity.
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    vivek_shah64

    2 weeks ago

    One shudders to think what damage this can cause in the financial sector where aadhar was forcibly linked to bank accounts, digital wallets even mobile connections by Jio. Such mindless use of adhaar is going to be catestrophic.

    kcganga2108

    3 weeks ago

    Shocking to say the least, the innovative mind of the crooked. Kudos to Moneylife for bringing to light something which seems to have missed mainstream media. Sharing

    Ramesh Popat

    3 weeks ago

    this news break was not in the lime light in gujarat by any media!!? GREAT!

    Ibrahim Sakarwala

    3 weeks ago

    Aadhaar card is just an example of many other online or offline fraudulent transactions that can be done using personal identity and data of any individual...... It is of utmost importance not to reveal or give data to anyone without evidence of authenticity and authority. Our personal data is at stake if we do not do something right now.

    BR

    3 weeks ago

    Avoid Aadar. It is Doubtless Danger. Govt has False Prestige. Is there no other way to get rations? Many people do not want to buy all or some things so give their cards to others. Why must they go & show fingerprints? Only if a card theft is Reported there needs to be a watch for that card. There is no loss to seller if sale is done without Biometric identity. Products are not all of good quality. So we do not want them. We give to those who want. So such Aadar based HiTechFraudsCan&Must be avoided. Aadar is Proven danger, Wasteful, Costly,Cheating. Govt must prevent its Ego based propaganda.

    Suketu Shah

    3 weeks ago

    Before Lok Sabha 2014 elections,BJP was against Aadhar and after they came to power they made it compulsory!Dr Swamy who supported BJP stand on Aadhar before 2014 elections himself has been shocked.

    Atul Kumthekar

    3 weeks ago

    POS machines, at least in few states have multiple checks like OTP in addition to fingerprint. And there are easier and simpler ways to default then fancy techie way. Also it is not poor who are compromised as they ACTUALLY use their quota. It is the middle class and rich who ignore their quota, which is misused. Any system, starts somewhere and detecting faults, goes to the next level. We have come a long way from paper based ration cards to POS. I was involved in conceptualizing a blockchain approach, which may be easier to implement, now that central government has announced a uniform rationing software syste..

    I really wish media give balanced and more detailed articles than just making big sound!

    Thank the readers for some good comments like OTP etc

    Sandeep More

    3 weeks ago

    The client could also be henceforth involved with a special authentication password or pattern for foolproof security

    nadeem

    3 weeks ago

    So much for security...!

    Venky

    3 weeks ago

    You should always have two factor authentication like finger print and facial recognition that would be hard to cheat

    Aditya G

    3 weeks ago

    Welcome to the future!

    gcmbinty

    3 weeks ago

    That is why the consumer protection/Consumer Affairs Departments at the Centre and the StatesUT have been weakened and the Judiciary is blind to the facts presented by consumer activists. This is how the capitalists are enriching themselves and their stooges in the authority are manipulating the political democracy. This is the time when consumers need wake up and raise their voice against weak Consumer Affair Departments. Bar Councils of the country's judicial system should rise to the occasion in the higher courts for protecting he class of consumers.

    gcmbinty

    3 weeks ago

    Wonderful Indian businessmen, perfect Chor!! Who is suffering? Again, the poor consumers. Shame on you. Why should the people not shoot you down for such thefts, after identification and investigation, in public? No law need applied. The legal system of India must change - against protection of such people. I hope the High Courts across the country and The Hon'ble S.C. take this issue as a suo moto complaint from the consumers in Class Suit.

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    BR

    In Reply to gcmbinty 3 weeks ago

    If you want SC or HC to act you may write to them. Only if they know, they can consider acting. If you or others do not inform, they will not even know.

    Elderly living alone to get basic care at home: Minister
    Elderly people living alone in their homes would soon be getting basic care with the Centre working on a scheme for providing such facility.
     
    In oral reply to a question from Rajya Sabha member Husain Dalwai, Union Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thaawar Chand Gehlot said that the scheme would be implemented with the help from non-government organisations (NGOs).
     
    "We are going to bring a new law. Under this, it will be ensured that senior citizens living alone at home get day care facilities. They would be provided with newspapers, breakfast, lunch and other recreational facilities," Gehlot said in the Rajya Sabha.
     
    "Additional, a scheme is being worked out for providing certain care and facilities at their home with the help of NGOs," he added.
     
    While asking questions on the facilities provided by the government for the elderly, Rajya Sabha member Dalwai said that 64 per cent of senior citizens live in cities and many of them are lonely, and as a result, they suffer from depression.
     
    Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
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    Ramesh Poapt

    3 weeks ago

    A good intent! humble beginning may go a long way.!

    Ramu Ramaswami

    3 weeks ago

    Too dangerous. They should also have photo id and check.

    Bengaluru is world's most traffic congested city: TomTom
    Bengaluru is the most traffic congested city in the world, said a Dutch real-time traffic information and services company.
     
    "Bengaluru takes the top spot this year with drivers in the southern Indian city expecting to spend an average of 71 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic," said TomTom Traffic Index on Wednesday.
     
    TomTom is a Dutch independent location technology specialist, offering maps and navigation software among others.
     
    Headquartered in Amsterdam, TomTom has offices in 30 countries.
     
    Closely following the Indian tech hub are Philippines capital Manila, where people also spend 71 per cent more traffic waiting time, Bogota, 68 per cent, Mumbai, 65 per cent and Pune, 59 per cent, comprising the top five most congested cities in the world.
     
    Of the top five most choked cities in the world, three are from India, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Pune.
     
    In Europe, Moscow is the most traffic congested city, followed by Istanbul, Kyiv, Bucharest and St. Petersburg.
     
    In the United States, Los Angeles leads traffic congestion, followed by New York, San Francisco, San Jose and Seattle.
     
    "Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and the 239 cities (57 per cent) TomTom included in the new Traffic Index report had increased congestion levels between 2018 and 2019, with only 63 cities showing measurable decreases," said TomTom in the ninth edition of its annual traffic index.
     
    Though traffic congestion is a sign of strong economy, TomTom said the choking actually costs economies billions of dollars, with the global average congestion level at 29 per cent.
     
    "Globally, there's a long road to travel until congestion levels are brought under control. In time, the rise of autonomous vehicles and car-sharing services will help alleviate congestion, but planners and policymakers can't afford to sit and wait," said TomTom's traffic information vice president Ralf-Peter Schafer in a statement.
     
    As part of its services, the Dutch company analyses real-time incidents and congestion to predict traffic before it occurs, enabling TomTom navigation software to be more relevant with improved route calculations and better estimated time of arrival.
     
    According to the Dutch company, using its services can help commuters save time, fuel and avoid stress for drivers, fleet and logistics providers and others.
     
    Aiming at the future, TomTom is developing high definition maps for autonomous cars and creating efficient electric vehicle routes where the vehicles can be routed and charged.
     
    Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.
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