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Robert Baptiste, a French ethical hacker (account from Elliot Alderson on Twitter, or @fs0c131y) in one of his tweets has described several government officials in India as unwell and this information was due to a security flaw in the Aarogya Setu coronavirus tracing app. Milli, which has been created by NITI Aayog in India in collaboration with several volunteers. Baptist has claimed that a vulnerability in the Aarogya Setu app allows it to easily see who is infected, unwell and who has self-assessed for COVID-19. Though he was initially approached by Indian cyber security agencies, the team that built Aarogya Setu refuted his claims and on Wednesday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also assured people that the app was secure. In response, Baptiste has disclosed some of the information obtained through the app and said that it will reveal more details soon.

Responding to the recent claim made by the Union IT Minister, in which he described “Aarogya Setu as a very strong app in terms of privacy protection and data protection”. researcher said That he was able to trace the loophole that allowed him to see a person who has reported infection, illness or made a self-assessment through the Aarogya Setu app in a particular area.

He said that from the data obtained on Tuesday through the app, he was able to see that five people in the PMO were feeling unwell, two were unwell at the Indian Army Headquarters and one person was infected in Parliament. The hacker has also claimed that if he wants, he can see a sick person sitting in any house through the app.

The hacker has also claimed that he was able to find a flaw in the Aarogya Setu app early last month, through which he could access any internal file of the app with just one command, although he did say that Aarogya Setu The team had quietly fixed this glitch.

On Wednesday the hacker promised that he would More information about security glitch and Baptiste solved the problem as promised information one with blog post sharing has done. It has told that a hacker can get information about all unwell or infected or people who have tested themselves through the app within a limited radius of the app. Apart from this, he found that he can change his location to different places to see who is unwell at that location. It has also claimed to have found unwell people within 500 meters of Parliament. Giving examples, he said that the maximum radius of the app can be expanded to more than 10 km to capture information about all the people in a city. Apart from this, Baptist has also claimed that he was also able to obtain information within 1 meter of a location.

At present, after this latest claim, a statement is yet to come from the Arogya Setu team or the IT Minister. Gadgets 360 is monitoring this issue and will update as soon as you get new information.

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