IIT Grad Arrested for Hacking Aadhaar Data Via Digital India App


IIT Grad Arrested for Hacking Aadhaar Data: Indian Institute of Technology has made several great students by providing good education. But, suddenly this news had made some of the students shocked. Through the knowledge he got, a student has hacked through the Digital India App to get the Aadhaar Data. Police in a statement said that, “Srivastava had accessed UIDAI data without authorisation between January 1 and July 26 for an app called ‘eKYC Verification’.”

Police informed that, IIT Kharagpur graduate who has been accused of hacking into the central identities data repository of the Unique Identification Development Authority of India’s (UIDAI) Aadhaar project gained access to the repository through the Digital India e-hospital initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.

IIT Grad Arrested for Hacking Aadhaar Data Through DIA:

Police also said that, The app delivered demographic data like name, address, phone number of individuals from the central identities data depository of Aadhaar to authenticate unique identity numbers. It was placed on Google Play Store with the claim that it was developed by an entity called myGov linked to the start-up Qarth Technologies, which had been acquired by the taxi hailing service Ola in 2016.

Bengaluru Police Commissioner T Suneel Kumar said on Wednesday that, As a highly qualified technical expert, Srivastava had a deep interest in developing Android mobile apps. He developed the Aadhaar e-KYC verification mobile application in January 2017 and earned about Rs 40,000 from advertisements. The accused accessed UIDAI data through the e-hospital application and its server. He provided Aadhaar information to people through the app.

At the time of his arrest, Srivastava was employed with Ola after the start-up Qarth Technologies he created, with a IIT Kharagpur batchmate Prerit Srivastava, was acquired by Ola in March 2016 in order to take over an e-wallet app called X-pay developed by the start-up.

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