Hyderabad: SIT formed in data theft case

Hyderabad: Telangana Home department on Wednesday constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to probe into the ongoing data theft case.

The team includes nine officers including Stephen Ravindra, IPS, IG, West Zone Incharge, N Swetha, IPS, SP, Kamareddy District, Rohini Priyadarshi, IPS, DCP, Cyber Crimes, Cyberabad, Sridhar, SDPO, Narayanpet District, Ravi Kumar Reddy, DSP, Cyber Crimes, Cyberabad, Shyam Prasad Rao, ACP, Madhapur Division, Cyberabad, Y Srinivas, ACP, Cyber Crimes, Cyberabad, Ramesh, Inspector, Cyber Crimes, CCS, Hyderabad and Venkat Rami Reddy, Inspector, Cyber Crimes, CCS, Hyderabad.

The SIT will immediately take over the investigation of the case, as per the order.

According to an official statement, data analyst Lokeshwar Reddy filed a complaint in Madhapur police station claiming that the sensitive data of individuals including personal information are being possessed illegally and is being allegedly misused by IT Grid company without the consent of any individual.

After the complaint, a case was registered under relevant sections.

The police said that since the investigation requires expertise in cyber crimes and involves various technologies, an SIT was necessary.

Meanwhile, a delegation of the YSRCP led by YS Jaganmohan Reddy on Wednesday met Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan and demanded an inquiry into the case.

The delegation asked the Governor that if Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu is involved in the matter then action should be initiated against him.

Jaganmohan Reddy was joined by Uma Reddy, Subhash Chandra Bose, Partha Sarathi and Rajanna Dora.
However, the Andhra Pradesh government on Tuesday dismissed allegations of data theft.

The state government assured that Aadhaar data, including the demographics and the biometrics of the citizens, is stored only in the ‘Central Identity Repository (CIDR)’ of UIDAI in a secured manner.”
Dismissing all the claims of data leakage, the IT department said the state government has commenced a unique cyber security wing called ‘APCSOC’ (AP Cyber Security Operations Center) to keep a vigil on the usage of data and monitoring transactions.

Andhra Pradesh IT Principal Secretary K Vijayanand said, “No government data is leaked. The information of the citizens is in safe custody and it cannot be pilfered.”