Wednesday 4 December 2013

#India – MongoDB, CIA funded company will join with UIDAI #aadhaar #WTFnews

 एक्सपर्ट्स का कहना है कि यूआईडी की सेंट्रलाइज्ड डिजाइन को देखते हुए जोखिम है। सेंटर फॉर इंटरनेट एंड सोसायटी के एग्जिक्यूटिव डायरेक्टर सुनील अब्राहम ने कहा कि सीआईए के जुड़ाव को देखते हुए जोखिम दो स्तरों पर है। पहला, अगर मोंगोडीबी डेटा कंट्रोलर है तो सीक्रेट कोड्स का इस्तेमाल डेटा तक पहुंच बनाने में हो सकता है। दूसरी बात यह है कि अगर मोंगोडीबी को यूआईडीएआई के डेटा सेंटर्स में एडमिनिस्ट्रेटर का दर्जा हासिल हो तो वह कुछ भी कर सकती है, यहां तक कि कभी भी पूरा सिस्टम ध्वस्त कर सकती है। उन्होंने कहा कि अगर यूआईडीएआई मोंगोडीबी से कमर्शियल रिलेशनशिप बनाए बगैर केवल सोर्स कोड का उपयोग करे तो भी उसे सोर्स कोड का ऑडिट करना चाहिए कि इसे बैक डोर से सीआईए ने तो पेश नहीं किया है।

MongoDB startup hired by Aadhaar got funds

from CIA

By Lison Joseph, ET Bureau | 3 Dec, 2013, 04.00AM IST  Post a Comment
The yet to be announced contract between , part-funded by the US’ and UIDAI for data collection, and analysing can raise eyebrows.
BANGALORE: Two weeks ago, Max Schireson, chief executive of MongoDB, a New York-based technology startup, was in New Delhi to sew up a very important contract for his company — with the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).
The contract is yet to be announced but what could raise eyebrows is the fact that MongoDB is part-funded by the US’ Central Intelligence Agency.
The company is expected to help in capturing and analysing data related to the ambitious plan to issue a unique identity number — Aadhaar — to over a billion citizens.
MongoDB, which makes software that helps manage large databases, especially unstructured data, has raised $231 million (Rs1,400 crore) since being founded in 2007. Some of its funding is from In-Q-Tel, the not-for-profit venture capital arm of CIA.
While MongoDB lists In-Q-Tel as one of its investors on its website, the company has not disclosed the quantum of funding received from it. The fund’s stated mission is to identify, adapt and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of CIA and the broader US intelligence community.
MongoDB startup hired by Aadhaar got funds from CIA “Once an investment is made, IQT (the fund) works with the company and the intelligence community partner agency to complete a work program and facilitate solution delivery,” the fund’s website said. The quote describes IQT’s relationship with any company in which it invests in and is not specific to MongoDB.
Neither UIDAI nor MongoDB responded to queries from ET on whether the CIA link was considered before entering into a partnership. UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani did not respond to emails, messages and phone calls.
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