National Database Registration Authority was recently accused of sharing its database with US and UK, by Wikileaks. It is reported that US and MI6 (British Intelligence Agency) were responsible for stealing voters data from NADRA’s database. They set up a company called International Identity Service in the UK to act as a front in their sham. The company was claimed to hire in a consultant role for NADRA.
None of the parties involved in this scheme has yet taken any responsibility for their actions. Whether it was NADRA that gave access to the sensitive information or foreign agencies in US and UK penetrated the database forcefully or was it a mutual consent, at this point, it’s hard to come to any conclusion. The amount of damage it created is still undetectable. It is yet to be confirmed by the authorities that how much data was stolen and how deeply the system was affected.
Wikileaks also targeted the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Yousaf Raza Gillani. According to a tweet by Wikileaks, a series of meetings were held between former US Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and top Pakistan officials, including then Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani and interior minister Rehman Malik, who is accused of sharing information stored in NADRA’s database within the constraints imposed by privacy concerns.
Now NADRA has come to its defense by stating that these were just mere accusations and it has not shared any data with foreign agencies. The agency claims that its internal security mechanism is secure that it cannot be compromised that easily. In an attempt to save itself from all these allegations NADRA has argued that security of citizen’s data is its top priority and no outsourcing was ever done at the expense of national security.
In a statement, recently made by NADRA, it was stated that this whole fuss was created just to affect the international business that NADRA is undertaking and its competitors are behind these accusations.