Ola Employee Arrested for Data Theft from Aadhaar Website
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.