Ola Employee Arrested For Stealing Aadhaar Data

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Bangalore: The cops arrested Abhinav Srivastava, the employee of Ola and co founder of Qarth Technologies (the subsidiary of Ola) on August 1, 2017. The reason is that the accused have illegally accessed Aadhaar data from an e Hospital server to develop a mobile app.

As per the report, the accused have developed a mobile application named Aadhaar e KYC verification. This application will help to verify Aadhaar data by illegally accessing the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) server.

“Abhinav had illegally accessed data from an e hospital server to develop the mobile application. He had tapped into the server in January and had downloaded data of 50,000 people. He had earned about Rs 40,000 in advertisement revenue through this application. There is a suspicion that he has developed several other apps so far and he earned Rs 40,000 from advertisements. By using this e KYC Verification mobile application, the accused illegally accessed to UIDAI Data though ‘e Hospital’ application and its server. He made available Aadhaar related information through this mobile app developed by him,” the police explained.

The police enquiry revealed that he had worked at the Ola head office in Koramangala.

The police have seized a CPU, 4 laptops, one tablet, four mobile phones, six pen drives and the materials worth Rs. 2.25 lakh from the accused. In addition to this, he has been produced before the court and kept in police custody for further questioning.

Previously, Ola claimed that it had never involved in such activity. Furthermore, an investigation has begun for more details.

“Qarth workers have developed an app and access details on Aadhaar website without authentication and provided the same as e-KYC details. The data theft started on January 1 and went on until July 26. The accused has joined hands with miscreants in leaking the Aadhaar information and illegally using the same,” Deputy Director, UIDAI Regional Office of Bangalore said.



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