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Reliance Jio data security breach: Greed for free recharge led accused to breach confidential data, says police

Chippa was arrested last week in connection with the unauthorized access to the Reliance Jio's database.

  • Published: July 21, 2017 2:04 PM IST
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It was the lure of free recharge after Reliance Jio started charging its customers that led 35 -year-old computer science student Imran Chippa to gain unauthorized access to the company’s database systems, a police official said today. Chippa was arrested last week in connection with the unauthorized access to the Reliance Jio’s database. Also Read - Reliance Jio vs Vi vs Airtel: Best 4GB daily data prepaid plans under Rs 600

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“Chippa got hold of a forwarded message on a chat application which promised people ways to get free recharges. After clicking on the link provided, he found out an ID and password,” the official said. These credentials are the ones given to Jio vendors to be put in a specially designed mobile application for carrying out transactions like recharges for customers. The credentials (the ID and password found by him) which the accused got were reported of a vendor in Odisha. Also Read - JioPhone Next releasing soon: Expected price in India, top specs and other details

However, Chippa, who had earlier appeared for a MCA exam and was searching for a job, could not get the free recharge that he was seeking, the official said. He put in Jio mobile numbers on the app after gaining access using the credentials and was surprised to get “personal details” of Jio customers, he said. “This is when an idea to commercially utilize the data stuck him. Using his skills of computer programming, Chippa began developing an app similar to (the app) True Caller and started by creating a web host,” the official said. ALSO READ: Reliance JioPhone pre-booking starts from August 24; here s everything you need to know

In that attempt, he created the website – magicapk.com – which was hosted by Andheri-based company Endurance International Group, he said. According to police, Chippa claimed to provide Jio user data through his website. He allegedly started to get unauthorized access to Reliance Jio’s systems in the first week of July and the company’s customer data started to appear on magicapk.com, he said.

Vigilance officials from RJio were shocked to discover the access given to commoners through the website on July 9 at 5.15 pm and continued monitoring the same till 9.30 pm, the police official said. The vigilance officials then approached the Rabale MIDC police station later with a complaint. “Since getting unauthorized access to RJio’s data, the website magicapk.com had got more than 50,000 hits by viewers,” Navi Mumbai’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Tushar Doshi told

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  • Published Date: July 21, 2017 2:04 PM IST



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