04 August 2017

Pin It

Bengaluru Abhinav Shrivastav arrested for illegally accessing Aadhaar Database

Bengaluru Abhinav Shrivastav arrested for illegally accessing Aadhaar Database
Bengaluru or Bangalore –

On June 26, 2017, The Unique Identification Authority of India had filed a complaint accusing Shrivastav of illegally accessing the Aadhaar database

The case was transferred to the cybercrime police on July 26. Six special teams were formed by the additional commissioner of police (crime) to track the accused.

Abhinav Shrivastav was arrested by the Bangalore City Police on August 1, 2017

A Bengaluru-based software developer Abhinav Shrivastav (31), an alumnus of IIT-Kharagpur,
was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly accessing the Aadhaar database through a mobile application he had developed named as Aadhaar E-KYC Verification
The app was developed by the firm Qarth Technologies Pvt Ltd, which was co-founded by Srivastava in 2012 and acquired by Ola in March 2016.

He was produced before a court and is now in police custody.

Aadhaar e-KYC verification app was developed in January 2017, was unauthorizedly accessing UIDAI data through “e-Hospital” application and its server, and made UIDAI information available.

The app - Aadhaar E-KYC Verification allegedly accessed information stored by the NIC or National Informatics Centre server.

The app used for the alleged cybercrime was identified as ‘Aadhaar E-KYC Verification’, downloadable on Google Play. It was deactivated last month.
The ‘Aadhaar E-KYC Verification’ app was downloaded 50,000 times, and the accused had made Rs 40,000 through ad revenue.

Police told media that techie, whose start-up ‘Qarth Technologies’ was bought by Ola, had accessed the Aadhaar database through the e-Hospital application of the National Informatics Centre – an authentication user agency.
A computer CPU, four laptops, four mobile phones, six pen drives and other items worth Rs 2.25 lakh were seized from Srivastava’s possession.

This case again proves that Aadhaar Database is not safe. Government needs to stop using Aadhaar for everything and making it compulsory for everything.

Government needs to bring a new policy regarding Aadhaar Data base with a punishment ranging from 15 to 25-year jail with Rs. 10 Crore fine for accessing or possessing illegally Aadhar Database. One should even fear to keep the Aadhar photo copy of friends in a bag.

Reality views by sm –

Friday, August 4, 2017

Tagged In –

Aadhaar Database Hack Bangalore Techie Abhinav Shrivastav E-Aadhaar