Delhi court rejects Airtel hacker's bail plea
The court noted that Ankit had breached the fundamental right of privacy of the telecom major's subscribers.india Updated: Jul 05, 2006 19:22 IST
A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of Airtel hacker Ankit K Srivastava, who had illegally downloaded the billing details of the telecom major's subscribers.
The court noted that Ankit had transgressed the fundamental right of privacy of the telecom major's subscribers.
"If a person has downloaded the call detail records of any other subscriber, then he must have broken into the system or the password of the subscriber and hacked into the system of the service provider," Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Kanwaljeet Arora said.
During bail arguments on Tuesday, the defence had demonstrated by means of a laptop that there was a "flaw" in Airtel's security system.
According to them, anyone could access call details of a subscriber by merely registering on the Airtel website the latter's cell number and an e-mail ID, following which the call records of the number would automatically be sent to the same ID on the billing date.
Dismissing this contention, the court held that Airtel furnished all its subscribers with a secret password forwarded to the same number and it was "impossible" to access billing records without breaking into the password.
"The password is available only through the handset and not the e-mail ID. It is evident that no one can get call records of a subscriber without knowing his password," the court said.
Srivastava, who was arrested on June 26 from his Shipra Sun City residence in Ghaziabad, has been accused of offences under sections 419 (cheating), 379 (theft), 385 (extortion) of the IPC and section 66 (hacking into computer system) of the Information Technology Act, 2000.