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Aadhaar sitting duck for cyber criminals, says RBI-backed research

Aadhaar sitting duck for cyber criminals, says RBI-backed research

Finance
After a newspaper report claimed breach in Aadhaar database and that access to crucial info was available for an amount as little as Rs 500, concerns over the security of personal data have heightened. While the report could not be independently verified, even if the database cannot be breached, the worry is not unfounded. A study by a think tank affiliated with the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) too suggests that. A staff paper published by the Institute for Development and Research in Banking Technology has flagged serious safety issues. The paper, which attempts to trace the adoption of biometrics in India by the banks and the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), also studies costs and benefits of Aadhaar. "Aadhaar faces a number of challenges over the short and l...
Quacking idea: Could duck sounds replace car honks?

Quacking idea: Could duck sounds replace car honks?

Technology
Researchers are tackling sound pollution from loud car horns by developing a beep which apparently sounds like a duck's quack.The pleasant-sounding horn is designed to alert people to danger while not stressing out others within the vicinity.A quacking sound was chosen after different sounds were tested on 100 volunteers and it was found to be the most friendly for pedestrians passing by.The research was conducted at Soongsil University in Seoul, South Korea, and looked at the development of the vehicle klaxon since it was first introduced in 1908.The classical car horn's "ah-oo-gah" remains a famous sound in early motoring, but it came to be replaced by other attention-grabbing sounds.Some of those klaxons have come to be found very irritating, however. The team of scientists set about tr...