IITian accused of stealing Aadhaar data arrested in Bengaluru

Police said Abhinav Srivastav prime accused in the data leak case was a resident of Yeshwantpur. He hails from Kanpur and graduated from IIT Kharagpur

IITian arrested in Aadhaar data leak case

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.

Bengaluru City police and CCB have arrested a software engineer, who was employed by Ola, for developing a phone app that allegedly accessed personal information from UIDAI server.

Srivastav has been booked under sections of the Aadhaar act that outlaws access and distribution of Aadhaar data, and sections of the Information Technology act that deal with hacking, the Hindustan Times reported. The arrested has been identified as Abhinav Srivastava, 31, a native of Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh.

The case was transferred to the cyber crime police on July 26.

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The culpability of two UIDAI insiders - an authentication user agency and a KYC user agency - has not been established, a policeman told DH.

Shrivastava developed an app that illegally routed Aadhaar database requests via a server used by the e-Hospital app. ASA's are bound by regulations that stipulate encryption of data and logging of access. According to the police, Srivastav hacked into the UIDAI website to develop the mobile app named Aadhaar e-KYC verification, which even made it to the official Google Play Store and was downloaded over 50,000 times.

AUAs authorise access to biometric details such as fingerprints and iris scans, and KUAs provide demographic details such as name, date of birth, address and contact numbers. The Unique Identification Authority of India had filed a complaint accusing Shrivastav of illegally accessing the Aadhaar database on June 26. Srivastav worked as a software developer for Ola Cabs in Koramangala.

His salary was Rs 42 lakh a year, police said. After developing Aadhaar e-KYC verification mobile application in January 2017 he earned about Rs 40,000 from advertisements, they added. An MSc in industrial chemistry from IIT Kharagpur, he has developed five other mobile apps, all under investigation now. The police have so far taken into custody four laptops, four cellphones, a tab, a CPU, six pen drivers and other material from the suspect's possession.

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