Ola Em­ployee Ar­rested for Data Theft from Aadhaar Web­site

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Ben­galuru: Ben­galuru’s Cen­tral Crime Branch po­lice have ar­rested Ab­hi­nav Sri­vas­tav (31), a soft­ware de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer work­ing in Ola’s head of­fice at Ko­ra­man­gala, in con­nec­tion with a com­plaint filed by the Unique Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Au­thor­ity of In­dia (UIDAI) against him and Qarth Tech­nolo­gies, which was ac­quired by Ola in March last year, for mis­us­ing Aadhaar data ob­tained from its web­site with­out au­then­ti­ca­tion.

The com­plaint al­leged that Sri­vas­tav has de­vel­oped a mo­bile app con­tain­ing Aadhaar-re­lated in­for­ma­tion, which is hosted in the Na­tional In­for­mat­ics Cen­tre server, and he il­le­gally used it to sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion. By ex­pos­ing priva- te in­for­ma­tion of In­dian cit­i­zens, Sri­vas­tav has com­mit­ted a very se­ri­ous crime, UIDAI said.

The com­plaint was filed at the High Ground Po­lice Sta­tion on July 26 and it was later trans­ferred to Cy­ber Crime po­lice. Though Sri­vas­tav re­port­edly went un­der­ground, the po­lice were able to lo­cate and ar­rest him. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, Sri­vas­tav is a na­tive of Kan­pur in Ut­tar Pradesh and grad­u­ated from IIT-Kharag­pur. Po­lice said he had il­le­gally ac­cessed data from an e-hos­pi­tal server to de­velop a mo­bile app in Jan­uary and it was down­loaded by 50,000 peo­ple. A lo­cal court send him to cus­tody for fur­ther in­ter­ro­ga­tion.

When con­tacted, an Ola spokesper­son re­ferred ET to an ear­lier state­ment is­sued when UIDAI filed the com­plaint. “Ola has nei­ther com­mis­sioned nor is in­volved in any such ac­tiv­ity. No such com­plaint has been brought to our no­tice,” an Ola spokesper­son had then said in an emailed re­sponse.

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