Man held for Jio ‘breach’ wanted to create search engine: Police

The accused, Imran Chhimpa from Churu town, holds a Masters in Computer Application and was placed under arrest after the Maharashtra Cyber Department traced the Internet Protocol address of the website on which he had allegedly uploaded Jio’s customer data.

Written by Srinath Rao | Mumbai | Published:July 13, 2017 4:59 am
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“The accused had not made attempts to hide the digital trail or mask the server he was using. He was working out of his home,” said a senior police officer.

A 24-YEAR-OLD man from Rajasthan, who was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly posting customer data of telecom firm Reliance Jio on a website, planned to create a search engine by compiling data from all cellular service providers in the country, police have claimed.

The accused, Imran Chhimpa from Churu town, holds a Masters in Computer Application and was placed under arrest after the Maharashtra Cyber Department traced the Internet Protocol address of the website on which he had allegedly uploaded Jio’s customer data.

“The accused had not made attempts to hide the digital trail or mask the server he was using. He was working out of his home,” said a senior police officer.

Chhimpa has been booked by Navi Mumbai Police for theft and introducing a virus into Jio’s computer system. Police said he acquired the user name and password of a Jio retailer and used it to access a mobile application using which retailers make recharges for customers. The application gives retailers access to the firm’s database, said police.

“At home, the accused designed a software, which he used to transfer the data he had obtained from the application on to the website,” said the officer.

However, Chhimpa gained access only to names, phone numbers and e-mail addresses of customers and designed the website in such a way that visitors could search for names or phone numbers of Jio’s 120 million customers.

“To operate the search engine, you would have to know either the name or phone number of a customer. And the most you could learn from search results was the region in which the customer’s phone was active,” said the officer.

“His plan was to create a search engine comprising numbers of cellphone users of all telecom firms. But he had not figured how to acquire data from other firms,” said the officer.

Police are now probing what software Chhimpa used to transfer the data from Jio. He will be brought to Navi Mumbai on Thursday after the police get transit remand from a court in Churu.

On July 9, when the leak became public, a Jio spokesperson said the data uploaded on the website appeared to be “unauthentic” and that the company had informed law enforcement agencies.

“We have come across the unverified and unsubstantiated claims of the website and are investigating it. Prima facie, the data appears to be unauthentic. We want to assure our subscribers that their data is safe and maintained with highest security. Data is only shared with authorities as per their requirement. We have informed law enforcement agencies about the claims of the website and will follow through to ensure strict action is taken,” the spokesperson had said.

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    TIHAEwale
    Jul 13, 2017 at 12:12 pm
    strange Imran Chimpaa is being arrested rather he appears to be smarter than Cyber Crime guys who never attempt to do ethical hacking or the Jio IT security team which foresaw this intruder. it is a different matter any user when he goes for recharge will get to see that particular numbers details as this facilitates quick recharge instead of typing same info every time but if Imran Chimpaa has accessed entire data base then it is vulnerability of Jio security which needs to be strengthened. rather always forward looking MukeshAmbani should reward Imraan Chimpu for having made public a breach which Jios fat ries IT team failed to secure.
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      loka
      Jul 13, 2017 at 9:27 am
      Once again we have a Muslim man breaching law. Why such a disdain for the law of the land? The land which feeds you and your huge family. Now NGOs will rush in to fund his legal expenses. Sorry state of affairs.
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        sheiksaleem
        Jul 13, 2017 at 12:57 pm
        hacker"" do you know hacking is passion no need to jio or iphone yup as per islamic law he is robber but you fool dont say land will feed you different between you and us you think land feed or father or family feeds you but we think Almighty god he will feed all human and mammals and animals and so on.. he was the feeder he will feed if no one is there for you in this world.. 17.31 And do not kill your children for fear of poverty. We provide for them and for you. Indeed, their killing is ever a great sin.
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        rddy
        Jul 13, 2017 at 8:16 am
        this is what happens when Muslims becomes educated, uneducated Muslims will induce in street violence and educated Muslims will induce in cyber terrorism, educated muslims are more dangerous then uneducated muslims
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          Tapan Bhanot
          Jul 13, 2017 at 8:40 am
          Rddy Exactly my thoughts.
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            ProudToBeIndian
            Jul 13, 2017 at 11:52 am
            Two more muslims.... Upkar and Sweekar Luthra are known names in the fake currency circle. They have been arrested, released and re-arrested many times yet they continued to run the syndicate. The gang, working across north India, was behind minting and circulating fake coins with the face value of around Rs 50 crore in the past few years. : economictimes diatimes /news/politics-and-nation/how-a-gang-pumped-rs-50-crore-fake-coins-into-india/how-they-operated/slideshow/59487339.cms
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              ProudToBeIndian
              Jul 13, 2017 at 11:56 am
              Then according to you, Upkar and Sweekar , Lalith Modi Harshad mehata Mallya A Raja Sahara Subroto Roy All are muslims? right?
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              aniyan
              Jul 13, 2017 at 9:05 am
              Nailed it... Doing exactly what these piggies are born for
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              Manas Sarkar
              Jul 13, 2017 at 6:40 am
              Nothing wrong in it. Police possibly hiding real culprits, and put a innocent behind the bar.
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                loka
                Jul 13, 2017 at 9:28 am
                ok smart ass...prove it.
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