Po­lice prob­ing se­cu­rity lapse at Fad­navis’ swear­ing-in cer­e­mony


Acom­plaint has been lodged with the Mumbai Po­lice about an al­leged breach of Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s se­cu­rity cover dur­ing the swear­ing-in cer­e­mony of the Ma­ha­rash­tra Chief Min­is­ter Deven­dra Fad­navis on Oc­to­ber 31. The se­cu­rity lapse is be­ing probed by the po­lice.

The al­leged se­cu­rity lapse was re­ported at Mumbai’s Wankhede Sta­dium where a per­son man­aged to breach the Prime Min­is­ter’s se­cu­rity cor­don by pos­ing as a party worker. The per­son has been iden­ti­fied as Anil Mishra who claims that he was re­moved from the BJP’s Bi­har unit re­cently.

The com­plaint al­leges that Mishra man­aged to break the three­tier se­cu­rity at the Wankhede Sta­dium. He also man­aged to get on the dais with the Prime Min­is­ter with­out an en­try pass or a valid iden­tity card. Mishra even clicked pic­tures with BJP Pres­i­dent Amit Shah, Fad­navis and Shiv Sena Pres­i­dent Ud­dhav Thack­eray. who de­clined to com­ment on who was thought to be re­spon­si­ble. The FBI is lead­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the hack.

The Chi­nese Gov­ern­ment has con­sis­tently de­nied ac­cu­sa­tions that it en­gages in cy­bertheft and notes that Chi­nese law pro­hibits cy­ber­crime. But China has been tied to sev­eral re­cent in­tru­sions, in­clud­ing one into the com­puter sys­tems of the Of­fice of Per­son­nel Man­age­ment and another into the sys­tems of a gov­ern­ment con­trac­tor, USIS, that con­ducts se­cu­rity-clear­ance checks.

The in­tru­sion into the USPS, of­fi­cials said, was car­ried out by a so­phis­ti­cated ac­tor who did not ap­pear to be in­ter­ested in iden­tity theft or credit card fraud.

“It is an un­for­tu­nate fact of life th­ese days that ev­ery or­gan­i­sa­tion con­nected to the In­ter­net is a con­stant tar­get for cy­ber in­tru­sion ac­tiv­ity,” Post­mas­ter Gen­eral Pa­trick Don­a­hoe said in a state­ment. “The United States Postal Ser­vice is no dif­fer­ent. For­tu­nately, we have seen no ev­i­dence of ma­li­cious use of the com­pro­mised data and we are tak­ing steps to help our em­ploy­ees pro­tect against any po­ten­tial mis­use of their data.”

The com­pro­mised data in­cluded names, dates of birth, So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers, ad­dresses, dates of em­ploy­ment and other in­for­ma­tion, of­fi­cials said. The data of ev­ery em­ployee were ex­posed.

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