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IIT post-graduate arrested in Bengaluru for illegally accessing Aadhaar data

The IIT post-graduate had developed a mobile application for Aadhaar e-KYC verification and hosted it on Google play store. To support the mobile app, Aadhaar related information, housed by the NIC server, was illegally accessed.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2017 19:31 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, Bengaluru
Aadhaar data,e-KYC verification,NIC server
Karnataka police have arrested 31-year-old Abhinav Srivastava, who hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh but lives in Bengaluru.

An IIT post-graduate has been arrested for accessing UIDAI server illegally by developing a mobile app which provides for Aadhaar e-KYC verification without authorisation.

According to the police, 31-year-old Abhinav Srivastava, who lives in Bengaluru and hails from Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh, was arrested on August 1 based on a complaint from the deputy director of Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI).

The post-graduate from IIT-Kharagpur had developed a mobile application for Aadhaar e-KYC verification and hosted it on Google play store. To support the mobile app, Aadhaar related information, housed by the NIC server, was illegally accessed, the police said.

The UIDAI data was accessed through the ‘e-Hospital’ application and its server, they said.

Srivastava was the co-founder of mobile payments firm Qarth Technologies Pvt Ltd, which was acquired by cab aggregator Ola in 2016. He was currently employed with Ola as a software development engineer.

Accusing Srivastava of committing a “very serious” crime by exposing the private information of citizens, police said the city crime branch along with cyber crime sleuths arrested him.

The police said a CPU, four laptops, a tablet, four mobile phones, six pen drives and other materials worth Rs 2.25 lakh were seized from him and further investigation was on.

First Published: Aug 04, 2017 19:26 IST