The Indian government has launched the Arogya Setu app to track the transition of COVID-19. Aarogya Setu App is mandatory if you are stepping out of your house in Uttar Pradesh, while the Central Government has also made the Arogya Setu App mandatory for those people who are going to work in offices all over the country. Questions are being raised about the privacy and security of the Arogya Setu app. Recently, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has also questioned the security and privacy of the Aarogya Setu App.
The French hacker Robert Baptiste, who has questioned the security of Aadhaar card, has described the security of the Aarogya Setu app as weak. After this, the government has rejected this claim and said that the security of the app is strong. Even if we keep the security of the app aside, there are so many shortcomings in the Arogya Setu app that it is hardly going to get any benefit from the government, because the Arogya Setu app can easily hack by a hacker. Let’s know-how.
Flaws in Aarogya Setu App
- The biggest problem in the app is that it has been launched in a hurry, as no updation is being given over time. The country has been under lockdown for more than 40 days, while the app is asking if you have traveled abroad in the last 14 days.
- Usually, when an app is made to ask questions and answers to the user, then users also have the option to ask questions, whereas this is not the case with the Arogya Setu app. In the Arogya Setu app, when you do a self-test, you get some limited questions that asked about symptoms like fever and cough.
- Now the point to note here is that the corona previously had three symptoms, but now the symptoms have increased, while the app only asks about the old symptom. In the app, you cannot check yourself by showing symptoms. In this case, this app is not two-way communication.
- People may lie about the symptoms being asked in the app, while the government itself has said that action will be taken against those hiding the corona disease, the question is if any user tries to mislead the app, so how will the government know about it.
- Recently, a threat symbol has started appearing in the Aarogya Setu app, after clicking on it, the app asks you, ‘Has the sample been collected for testing? Is COVID 19 Test positive? Now here also anyone can lie with the app, for example, if someone is ‘test positive of COVID 19?’ If you click on the option of, then false information will be sent to the government.
- Overall, the Arogya Setu app has its own limitations and has many flaws like self-testing. Apart from this, the app is not getting updated with time. Along with security, the government also needs to pay attention to these points, only then this app will be useful.
App Hack By Elliot Alderson
On Tuesday, Elliot Alderson, a French hacker and cybersecurity expert, claimed that there was a loophole in the security of the app, while now Elliot Alderson claimed to have hacked the app.
Elliott Alderson has tweeted that the Aarogya Setu app is an open-source app. He has also claimed that the health of five people in the PMO office is bad and they got this information from the Aarogya Setu app. Alderson has also claimed that 2 people are unwell at the headquarters of the Indian Army, one man in Parliament is infected with Corona and three people in the Home Ministry.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has termed the opposition’s questions and allegations on Aarogya Setu App as baseless. Union IT Minister Prasad said that this app is secure in terms of data and privacy protection. Prasad said, ‘This is India’s technological innovation and is effective in fighting Covid-19.
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi also alleged a few days ago that the ‘Aarogya Setu’ app is a state-of-the-art surveillance system, which is causing serious concerns about privacy and data security. Rahul said in the tweet that Aarogya Setu is a state-of-the-art surveillance system that has been outsourced to a private operator and there is no institutional investigation.
He said that this is causing serious concerns about data security and privacy. Technology can help us stay safe but we should not be afraid to monitor them without the consent of the citizens.
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