IT Grids: SIT hands over 300 items for analysis

The SIT has conducted raids at the IT Grids Company on March 2 and 3 and confiscated hard disks and others

By Author  |  Published: 17th Apr 2019  12:33 am

Hyderabad: The Telangana Forensic Science Laboratory (TFSL) is in the process of digging out more vital information from hard disks and other computer peripherals that were seized from the premises of IT Grids (India) Private Limited Company in Madhapur here. Top sources said that it would take more than three months to carry out a detailed analysis of the seized material objects. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) that was constituted to probe the data theft case handed over as many as 300 items, including hard disks, pen drives, memory cards and other gadgets, for examination.

The source said it’s a huge task to examine the material objects and moreover, it should be conducted in a careful manner because of the importance of the case. “Once we complete the analysis, we will be able to zero in on the procedure adopted by the IT Grids Company to get the Aadhaar data which should not be in public domain,” the source said adding a detailed report would later be submitted to the SIT.

Even as SIT was busy in tracing IT Grids Company CEO Dakavaram Ashok, the TFSL has submitted a preliminary report to investigators. After examining seven hard disks and other digital evidence, the TFSL, in its preliminary report, stated that “data related is huge in the material objects and requires extensive analysis.” The TFSL has categorically said that the seized hard disks contained a database of a number of records pertaining to Aadhaar number in a particular structural database. Strengthening the suspicion, officials examined the digital evidence and found that a whopping 7.82 crore records of Aadhaar data of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh was used by the IT Grids Company for the purpose of TDP’s Seva Mitra app.

The SIT has conducted raids at the IT Grids Company on March 2 and 3 and confiscated hard disks and others. The Special Investigation Team (SIT) has formed four teams to trace IT Grids (India) Private Limited Company CEO Dakavaram Ashok. The teams were searching for Ashok in Vijayawada, Bengaluru and cities in other States. Ashok remained untraceable after a case was booked against him by the Madhapur police. The case was later transferred to the SIT set up by the State government.

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Perhaps, for the first time in an Aadhaar case, there is a forensic investigation which was missing in all other Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) security claims. A Telangana Forensic Science Laboratory (TFSL) official said that the seized hard disks and other digital evidence submitted by the SIT helped them in detecting that the IT Grids Company used Aadhaar data. He said this was the first time that forensic experts were dealing with the exhaustive data to assist the investigators.

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