We had reported earlier about the online leak of Reliance Jio user data. Now the Maharashtra Cyber Police has arrested a suspect in connection with the breach. A man named Imran Chhimpa was caught from Churu district in Rajasthan with the help of local police. The accused, a Bachelor of Computer Science dropout, was tracked down after the Maharashtra Cyber Police found out the location of the breach.
It is believed that consultancy firm EY has been roped in by Reliance Jio for a private investigation into the breach issue. According to the initial probe by EY, Jio's apps and sites were secure. The assumption now is that the breach has occurred at the external vendors' end.
Along with the enquiry by EY, Jio had reported the breach to Cert-In, the agency of the Ministry of IT and Electronics that deals with computer security, and Maharashtra Cyber Police. It is the latter which has made the possibly break-through arrest.
As questions have emerged about the safety of subscriber data with telecom providers, the CEO of Bharti Airtel, Gopal Vittal reiterated these fears by saying, “I think this (data breach) is a real threat all of us live with around the world and certainly in India.”
Reliance Jio had said on the day of the breach that the data shown on the rogue website was unauthentic. This claim was dismissed by many users who had found their information on the said website. The Maharashtra Cyber Police has now put an end to all the confusion by confirming that leak had happened, though they haven't revealed the extent to which leak had occurred. Amidst growing apprehensions over the safety of user data, it is a relief to see such swift actions from the police department.
A man has been arrested from Rajasthan in connection with the leakage of Reliance Jio subscribers' information
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