Ola employee arrested for allegedly stealing data of 40000 Aadhaar cardholders

Henrietta Strickland
August 4, 2017

The police compliant accused Srivastav of stealing demographic data - details like address, mobile phone number, email address, age and sex - of around 40,000 Aadhaar cardholders by hacking into the UIDAI database. He hails from Kanpur and graduated from IIT, Kharagpur.

A local court send him to custody for further interrogation.BENGALURU: Bengaluru's Central Crime Branch police have arrested Abhinav Srivastav (31), a software development engineer working in Ola's head office at Koramangala, in connection with a complaint filed by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) against him and Qarth Technologies, which was acquired by Ola in March previous year, for misusing Aadhaar data obtained from its website without authentication.

Abhinav Srivastav had accessed UIDAI data without authorisation between January 1 and July 26 for an app called "eKYC Verficiation". The app was something he built after his day job at the cab aggregator. Users could access Aadhaar-related information hosted by NIC, police said.

His salary was Rs 42 lakh a year, police said. ALSO READ: Worried about Aadhaar misuse?

Police recovered a CPU, four laptops, a tablet, four mobile phones and six pen drives among other things worth '2.25 lakh from Srivastava. Srivastava confessed to police that he has been interested in developing Android mobile applications and that he has developed five apps.

The authority clarifies that legal action against the owner of the app (Shrivastava) was taken under the Aadhaar Act, 2016. Meanwhile, BGRIndia has reached out to Ola for further details. The app links hospitals across the country for Aadhaar-based online registration and appointment system. Later the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) blacklisted the service provider for 10 years.

Investigations revealed that Aadhaar data was accessed through the "e-Hospital" application on the National Informatics Centre's server.

The Supreme Court, along with other cyber security agencies, have expressed repeated concerns over the shoddy security features of Aadhaar.

Amidst the growing debate about citizen privacy, the government has tasked a 10-member panel to come out with suggestions to ensure personal information of users was protected. The Supreme Court has chose to first settle the issue of privacy in the country before taking up Aadhaar pleas.

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