In a major turn of events, the TRAI chairman RS Sharma went ahead and disclosed his Aadhaar number on the microblogging site Twitter to challenge everyone to show how mere knowledge of the unique number could be used to harm him.
The disclosure, however, triggered a deluge of tweets.
Many of the tweets even claimed to disclose his personal details from PAN to mobile number.
The challenge by Sharma evoked an immediate response from the Twitterati.
Many users then took to making claims of having now laid their hands on Sharma’s mobile number, photographs, residential address, date of birth and even chat threads using the information.
Many others cautioned Sharma not to venture into dark territory by disclosing personal details on the social media platform.
While much of the information based on the Aadhaar data that was dug out may already be in the public domain, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) official did not verify whether the details pertaining to his PAN were indeed correct.
The challenge by Mr Sharma has got over 2,850 retweets, and 3,364 likes, and the numbers continued to climb well into the night.>