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One more case booked against IT Grids for data theft

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

: One more case against city-based IT Grids Pvt Ltd has been registered for alleged theft of data of voters in Andhra Pradesh, following a complaint by officials of Unique Authority of (UIDAI), police said Saturday.

Sensitive data was also found in the possession of the company which has been booked in March, the police said.

The two cases have been taken over by a special investigation team after the and filed the cases against the company for stealing date through "Seva Mitra" mobile application allegedly used by the ruling TDP in the state.

Preliminary investigation revealed illegal access by the company to personal and sensitive data of individuals such as aadhaar, electoral roll, schemes and voters information related to various political parties, which can be misused for illegal purpose, the police said.

Investigations further revealed use of stolen voter information for voter profiling, targetting campaigning and even votes deletion, they said.

The seized digital evidence obtained by the police was sent to (TSFSL) for forensic examination, the police said.

UIDAI officials in the complaint lodged Friday said a TSFSL report stated that the seized hard disks contain database of a large number of records pertaining to number in a particular structural database.

Further examination of the evidence showed a total of 7, 82,21,397 records of data belonging to the states of Telangana and were found and used by IT Grids for the purpose of 'seva mitra' application, the police said.

The complainant said the structure and sizeof the database was similar to that of database that could have been originally owned by UIAI.

The complainant further raised suspicion over the data that could have been obtained either from the central identities data repository (CIDR) or one of the state resident data hubs (SRDH) aligned to CIDR.

"Availability of such unique information of an number indicates that the accused in the case might have illegally accessed CIDR or SRDH and has used such information or data for wrongful gain," the complainant said.

The alleged data theft has become a contentious issue between the two neighbouring states.

Earlier, the TDP had dismissed the charge of data theft and sought transfer of the case from Telangana to while of the latter N Chandrababu Naidu had accused BJP and TRS of helping YSR

On his part, TRS working K T had said was only probing into the charge based on a complaint and asked Naidu why he should fear a probe if he had not done any wrong.

On March 7, a case was registered in on data theft complaint by the ruling TDP and the SIT was set up to probe into it on a counter-complaint by TDP alleging a conspiracy by YSR leaders and followers and some police officials of Telangana with the aim of stealing the data belonging to it.

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First Published: Sat, April 13 2019. 17:50 IST
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