Abhinav Shrivastava, an IIT graduate who is currently working at Ola, has been arrested by the Bengaluru police for illegally accessing the Aadhaar database.

FirstPost reports:

Abhinav Shrivastava, an IIT graduate who is currently working at Ola, has been arrested by the Bengaluru police for illegally accessing the Aadhaar database.

A complaint filed by the UIDAI on 26 July alleges that Shrivastava accessed the database “without authorisation between 1 January and 26 July”, reports The Indian Express.

Shrivastava and a batch mate had founded a startup called Qarth Technologies in 2016 and had developed an app called ‘Aadhaar eKYC’ that would allow users to verify Aadhaar numbers. This startup was later acquired by Ola. The app was available on the Google Play Store and had at least 50,000 users. The app has since been pulled down.

The police cybercrime unit claims that Shrivastava hacked into servers related to the e-Hospital system created under the Digital India initiative. The app would then illegally route verification requests to the Aadhaar database through these servers.

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