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Data theft of 66.9 crore persons

  • By Elite CIO
  • Date Apr 03, 2023
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Data theft of 66.9 crore persons

The Cyberabad Police here has issuednotices to as many as 11 organisations, including three banks, a social mediagiant and an Information Technology services company, asking theirrepresentatives to appear before it in connection with a breach of data of 66.9crore persons across the country, a senior police official said on Sunday.

The Cyberabad Police on Saturday said they arrested one person,Vinay Bhardwaj, who was allegedly involved in stealing, holding and sellingpersonal and confidential data of 66.9 crore individuals and organisationsbelonging to 24 states and eight metropolitan cities, maintained in 104categories.

The accused person was found in possession of the data ofstudents of edu-tech organisations as well as the GST details of persons andcompanies, and the consumer/customer data of major organisations such as roadtransport corporations of various states, major e-commerce portals, socialmedia platforms and fintech companies.

The 11 organisations to whom the notices were issued include twoPSU banks and one private bank, a social media giant, an IT services company,an online grocery seller, a digital payments app and an online insuranceplatform, police said.

The 11 organisations’ representatives have been told to appearbefore the police during the next one week to furnish details on how thecompanies maintained their databases, what procedures and policies werefollowed in this regard and who could access the data. This could helpinvestigators ascertain how the database was leaked and accessed by an“unauthorised” person, among other relevant details, police said.

The arrested accused was operating through a website,‘InspireWebz’, at Faridabad, Haryana and selling databases to clients throughcloud drive links, police said.

In March, Cyberabad Police arrested seven people of a gang whowere allegedly involved in the theft and sale of sensitive data of thegovernment and important organisations, including details of 2.55 lakh defencepersonnel as well as the personal and confidential data of about 16.8 crorecitizens across the country. PTI VVK ANE VVK 3/14/2023 HDA

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