Two days after the alleged Jio data leak, the Sujangarh police finally arrested the cyber offender. To our surprise, the person who leaked Reliance Jio customer data was not a seasoned hacker, but a 23-year-old MCA student from Churu district in Rajasthan. He’s pursuing Masters in Computer Application.
The case of Reliance Jio data breach gained attention when a website by the name ‘magica.pk’ displayed details of Reliance Jio clients. The info included the first and last name of customers, their mobile numbers, e-mail id, the network details (circle) and the date of SIM card activation. Following this incident, the JIO officers lodged an FIR at Navi Mumbai’s MIDC police station.
After the investigation, the MIDC police station in Maharashtra reported the IP address involved in this cyber malpractice. To their surprise, the IP belonged to a location in Rajasthan. Following the geographical location of the IP address, Sujangarh police apprehended the alleged data thief.
The police identified the offender as Imran Chipa. They called in a team of specialists from the Navi Mumbai police station for further investigation. Churu police suspect that he has either created ‘fake data’ with the intention of selling it or he had hacked the data from Reliance JIO server. In either of the two cases, he had committed a cyber case. Since JIO officials have already registered a case against him, the Navi Mumbai police will interrogate Imran in this matter.
For now, the cyber law enforcement agencies have suspended the website for displaying customer details. This Monday, a JIO spokesperson informed issued a formal statement on this matter, “Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic.” The telecom giant assured the customers that their data is secure. However, the cyber cell will take strict action against the website owner for displaying the data.
Amidst this confusion, a few citizens were worried about their Aadhaar information being leaked. The IT Ministry broke its silence, assuring the government they shouldn’t panic. The government servers comprising of biometric details can’t be breached because the government has set up a strong defense against hacking.