IIT Kharagpur graduate arrested, earns Rs 40 lakh a year at Ola

  • IIT Kharagpur graduate arrested, earns Rs 40 lakh a year at Ola

IIT Kharagpur graduate arrested, earns Rs 40 lakh a year at Ola

The complaint against Srivastav and Qarth Technologies was filed on July 26 with the High Ground Police station which after registration transferred the case to Cyber Crime investigation cell.

The Times of India report, citing police, further reveals that he accessed the data via e-hospital app which is by government's National Informatics Centre (NIC).

In yet another shocking breach of privacy, a software engineer has been arrested for allegedly hacking into personal details of over 40,000 Aadhaar cardholders to develop an unauthorized mobile app.

The Kanpur-resident engineer is a postgraduate in Industrial Chemistry from IIT-Kharagpur, and was arrested from the Koramangala area of South Bengaluru on Tuesday.

Investigators said Srivastav had designed and developed the app, called Aadhaar e-KYC Verification, and showcased it on Google Play Store for download and use by the public. "Hence, alleged privacy violations reported in some section of media is not true as no one could get any data of any other person through this App. Aadhaar data remains fully safe and secure".

An FIR has been registered under sections 37 and 38 of Aadhaar Act 2016, sections 65 and 66 of IT Act of 2000, and sections 120 B, 468 and 271 of the Indian Penal Code. It had added that there has been no leakage of Aadhaar data from UIDAI.

Abhinav Srivastav developed the mobile app Aadhaar e-KYC Verification in January this year. The app was linked to a start-up company Qarth Technologies, which Ola acquired in 2016.

UIDAI clarifies that while the Shrivastava's illegal app could be used to access the Aadhaar database, the access mechanism ensured that those who used the app could only access their own demographic data as stored in the Aadhaar database. Some 50,000 people used Aadhar e-KYC verification from Google Play Store.

"We would like to question his motives for hacking and stealing the information and how he managed to access the server of UIDAI", additional commissioner of police (crime) S Ravi said. Srivastav had earned about Rs 40,000 in advertisement revenue through this application, reports IBTimes. "He [Abhinav] had a deep interest in developing Android mobile application software and till now he has developed five mobile applications".

Police have seized a CPU, four laptops, a tab, four mobile phones, six pen drives and other material worth Rs. 2.25 lakh from him.