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Karachi beware: Taiser Town’s online portal is giving your private information to strangers

March 8, 2019

A picture of the Malir Development Authority Scheme 1. Photo: MDA

When the Malir Development Authority (MDA) set up a portal for people to submit applications online for a low-cost housing scheme in Karachi’s Taiser Town it seems it didn’t test the application portal for glitches. And there’s huge glitch — the portal is giving out people’s private information.

When MDA announced this low-cost housing scheme on Wednesday, it also gave applicants an option to fill the form online and print it to avoid the rush at branches of Silk Bank, its official partner for the scheme.

Since day one people have been complaining about glitches in the portal saying they were unable to print the form or got print outs of applications without serial numbers, which means they will not be eligible to participate in the ballot for the plots.

Related: How to apply for Karachi’s Malir Development Authority low-cost housing scheme

However, there’s an even bigger problem.When you fill out the application form online, you are asked to submit and print it. Once you follow this instruction, you may have noticed the application form that prints out doesn’t have your name. Instead, it has the name and personal information of another applicant.

Yes, you read that right. Five members of SAMAA Digital’s staff repeated this exercise and every single time a new form popped up with somebody else’s details instead of the applicant’s. We have all these applications available with us. When we contacted the people whose details were on the forms instead of our staff’s, it turned out they or a relative had indeed submitted forms under their names and CNIC numbers.

And we weren’t the only ones to notice this glitch. People even took to Twitter to post about it.

This glitch was not removed by the time this article was published. This means the personal information of candidates filling out forms online can be accessed by anyone who accesses the portal after them. This includes their name, father or husband’s name, CNIC number, mobile number, date of birth, email address, and current as well as permanent home address. This is exactly the information that hackers try to collect through illegal means and sell in the market, which is then used by those who purchase it for scams and frauds.

SAMAA Digital made several attempts to contact the MDA but the calls could not be connected. As a result, we could not find out how many people have already submitted their applications online, but an officer at Silk Bank said that the MDA estimated that 400,000 applications would be received online and 400,000 at Silk Bank branches.

The number of people who showed up at the bank’s 30 branches across Karachi was much higher than what they were expecting, which means the number of online applicants could have exceeded 400,000.

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    Rehan   March 8, 2019 5:32 pm/ Reply

    Yeh baat batain k jab government koi seheme announced karti hai to par ya Dawn news par ata hai..aur National Bank of Pakistan SE form milna Chaiye na k private Bank woh bank jis ka account statement Bank of Pakistan ne freeze Kiya wa hai ab AP faisla Karein k Kya haqeeqat hai..

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    karachities   March 8, 2019 5:44 pm/ Reply

    Where is supreme court to take notice.

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    Waqas   March 8, 2019 7:29 pm/ Reply

    it can not be more than expect from PPP govt.
    Zero management, Zero Administration since 7 decades.

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    jawad   March 8, 2019 7:35 pm/ Reply


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    Ghani   March 8, 2019 7:48 pm/ Reply

    I had the same experience once I tried to fill the form and took print. Every time it appeared different information.
    I heard that they are going to receive Stay order soon.

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    Abdul Qaiyyum   March 8, 2019 8:10 pm/ Reply

    Previous allotments were in 1996 but still no water etc why

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    Andhi Awam   March 9, 2019 12:34 am/ Reply

    Tub bhi andhi hai humari awam…

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    Ejaz   March 9, 2019 2:13 am/ Reply

    Taiser town 2001 se 2016 tk corruption hvi or is br b govt paissa ekta kr rhi ha…

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    Shiekh   March 9, 2019 6:33 am/ Reply

    This is not a glitch but the system designed by the swindlers. Get hold of the bosses and grill them over fire you will know the truth.

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    Ahmed Wali   March 9, 2019 10:22 am/ Reply

    We again seek Supreme Court’s intervention, why any government not made to follow he rules according to law of land

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    Hussain   March 9, 2019 1:37 pm/ Reply

    Fake project, no feasibility no any utilities just for rob money from innocent citizens

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    Aamir   March 9, 2019 5:11 pm/ Reply

    I think MDA is trying to collect money from new applicants to develop previously announced Phase-I & II. If they may develop both the phases, the price will be enhanced overnight.

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    Rizwan   March 12, 2019 10:34 am/ Reply

    According to my opinion, people don.t go for this kinds of scheme ( virtual investment), It may only to collect the money from innocent citizens..and nothing else..

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    Talib Shaikh   March 12, 2019 10:43 am/ Reply

    MDA high official should clarify the status of current booking criteria publicaly for satisfaction of public.

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    Z Khan   March 13, 2019 9:30 am/ Reply

    The worst part is… their official work phone numbers keep on ringing…. and they dont bother to pick it up… what kind of service and management is that… why they give phone numbers then in their Ad post….
    Sindh ki management sudhri nahi hai ab tak…. mazeed bamboo ki zaroorat hai…

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    Badshah   March 13, 2019 11:26 am/ Reply

    expexted online applications (min) 400,000
    expexted form applications (min) 400,000
    min form price= 1000 * 800,000 = 800,000,000 (80 cror sirf form se)

    abhi payorder/DD(10,000/16,000/32,000/52,000) jo her banday ne form k sath jama karana ha..uska hisab alag ha


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    Suhail Ahmed   March 13, 2019 3:10 pm/ Reply

    It should be clear that what sectors they offered in Previous balloting and now what sectors offering in this scheme. it should also be noted that Dream World Resort also lying in Taiser Town area and so many more projects like Fazaia housing Scheme, Gulashan e Noor, etc.

    So Govt. Should clearly identify the marking of Sectors they are offering so that people must have clear picture of project. However, fee and other matters are also debatable.

    Moreover, possession of Previous scheme is still questionable so Govt. must have to clear on those points.

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    FAHEEM   April 27, 2019 8:03 pm/ Reply


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    Anonymous   May 11, 2019 11:20 am/ Reply

    curses of God be on liars

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