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New India: Replicating New Denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes won’t be a Piece of Cake for Pakistan Anymore

The intelligence agency had also earlier informed the government and RBI that in Peshawar, Pakistan a dedicated mint is run to print fake Indian currency notes mostly in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination

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New Delhi, November 10, 2016: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s masterstroke move doesn’t really end with the scrapping of old Rs 500 and Rs 1000 notes. Intelligence agency informed that the new denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500 notes are made in such a manner that it will be difficult to replicate them.

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According to TOI, a top government official without getting into the details, told, “External intelligence agency Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau and the DRI examined the features on the notes being secretly printed for the past six months. The official refused to reveal the number of security features on the notes but said they were difficult to forge.”

The intelligence agency had also earlier informed the government and RBI that in Peshawar, Pakistan a dedicated mint is run to print fake Indian currency notes mostly in Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 denomination, Pakistan’s intelligence agency ISI, oversees the mint, and they use organised networks run by clients like LeT, Dawood Ibrahim, and other international criminal networks in order to push fake currency into India.

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In a report to RBI and the government, the intelligence agencies claimed, a few years ago that the mint in Pakistan had achieved “zero-error counterfeit capability” in fake Indian currency printing.

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According to an estimate, “Rs 70 crore worth FICN is pushed every year by Pakistan into the Indian economy, which was used as terror fund and to spearhead disturbances.”

– by Pinaz Kazi of NewsGram with inputs from various agencies. Twitter: @PinazKazi

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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”.

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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?