Owners of 3 small Indian IT firms arrested for leaking data

Express News Service reports:

Proprietors of three small-scale IT companies were arrested on Saturday in connection with the data leak of students who appeared for the class 10 and 12 state board exams this year.The serious breach of data came to light recently as data companies were openly selling the district-wise details of nearly 8 lakh students along with their address, phone numbers and other personal information, which were collected by the School Education department from the students.

A statement from the city police said three companies in the city were found involved in selling the data and arrested owners of the three companies. But the police could not tell the origin of the breach of data  from the government’s database.

Read more on New Indian Express.

Update:  TheNewsMinute has more details, including:

According to the police, 39-year-old Praveen Chowdhury, the proprietor of Nari Technologies Private and 32-year-old Sudhakar of IT ACUMENS had together designed over 10 websites, where they uploaded the database of the students and sold it to private companies.

The police have found that Venkata Rao of K Square India Technologies Private Limited had purchased the details for commercial gain.

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