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India says its Officials ‘falsely implicated’ by Pakistan regarding “anti-Pakistan activities”

India expelled only one person for anti-India activities. After that Pakistan decided to withdraw on its own six of their staffers

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New Delhi, November 3, 2016: India on Thursday criticised Pakistan’s “tit for tat” move to name eight Indian officials posted at the Indian High Commission in Islamabad for “anti-Pakistan activities”, and said the officials have been “falsely implicated”.

“We regard this as an unfortunate incident. Pakistan is resorting to tit for tat without any real case against these officials, and we hope that such incidents do not recur in the future,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Vikas Swarup said.

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The spokesperson said the allegations were “false” and had the potential to affect the activities of the Indian High Commission in Islamabad.

“We expelled only one person from India for anti-India activities. After that Pakistan decided to withdraw on its own six of their staffers. And then they decided to put in the public domain details of eight of our diplomats and officials whose safety and security has been completely compromised,” he said.

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Asked if the eight officials will be brought back, Swarup said the Indian government will take a decision soon “keeping their safety in mind”.

“A decision will be taken by government keeping their safety in mind. It is a procedural issue, and a decision will be taken soon,” he said.

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The spokesperson added that the officials there were working on promoting peace between India and Pakistan.

“We expect the Pakistan government to take all steps to ensure the safety of these officials,” Swarup said.

Pakistan on Thursday named eight officials of the Indian High Commission who it alleged were involved in “subversive activities”, a day after six Pakistani officials of the high commission in New Delhi were called back. (IANS)

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Aadhaar Helpline Mystery: French Security Expert Tweets of doing a Full Disclosure Tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App

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Google’s admission that it had in 2014 inadvertently coded the 112 distress number and the UIDAI helpline number into its setup wizard for Android devices triggered another controversy on Saturday as India’s telecom regulator had only recommended the use of 112 as an emergency number in April 2015.

After a large section of smartphone users in India saw a toll-free helpline number of UIDAI saved in their phone-books by default, Google issued a statement, saying its “internal review revealed that in 2014, the then UIDAI helpline number and the 112 distress helpline number were inadvertently coded into the SetUp wizard of the Android release given to OEMs for use in India and has remained there since”.

Aadhaar Helpline Number Mystery: French security expert tweets of doing a full disclosure tomorrow about Code of the Google SetUP Wizard App, Image: Wikimedia Commons.

However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) recommended only in April 2015 that the number 112 be adopted as the single emergency number for the country.

According to Google, “since the numbers get listed on a user’s contact list, these get  transferred accordingly to the contacts on any new device”.

Google was yet to comment on the new development.

Meanwhile, French security expert that goes by the name of Elliot Alderson and has been at the core of the entire Aadhaar controversy, tweeted on Saturday: “I just found something interesting. I will probably do full disclosure tomorrow”.

“I’m digging into the code of the @Google SetupWizard app and I found that”.

“As far as I can see this object is not used in the current code, so there is no implications. This is just a poor coding practice in term of security,” he further tweeted.

On Friday, both the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) as well as the telecom operators washed their hand of the issue.

While the telecom industry denied any role in the strange incident, the UIDAI said that he strange incident, the UIDAI said that some vested interests were trying to create “unwarranted confusion” in the public and clarified that it had not asked any manufacturer or telecom service provider to provide any such facility.

Twitter was abuzz with the new development after a huge uproar due to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) Chairman R.S. Sharma’s open Aadhaar challenge to critics and hackers.

Ethical hackers exposed at least 14 personal details of the TRAI Chairman, including mobile numbers, home address, date of birth, PAN number and voter ID among others. (IANS)

Also Read: Why India Is Still Nowhere Near Securing Its Citizens’ Data?