Thursday, July 11, 2013

Firm owner, aide held for MPSC data loss

TOI report on July 10 



Mateen Hafeez TNN

Mumbai: The cyber crime investigation cell of the city police arrested Vast India Pvt Ltd (VIPL) owner Vivek Chandel and his associate on Wednesday while the duo was trying to escape. The Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) had lodged a complaint against VIPL and Chandel for criminal breach of trust and violation of the Information Technology Act.

   Data of 3.22 lakh candidates was lost from the MPSC server in April. The commission alleged that there was a conspiracy to postpone the state civil services examination.
    “Chandel and his firm’s senior IT official, Virendra Asolkar, were arrested from near Mahape-Panvel while they were trying to flee from Solapur. Asolkar used to handle the firm’s technical department. They were produced in the Esplanade court, which remanded them in police custody till July 17,” said an investigating officer. 

    The cyber crime cell on Tuesday searched VIPL office and seized eight hard disks, including three server hard disks, one Nash box (special storage device), documents and registers.

    “On March 30, MPSC began receiving complaints from candidates that its server was not working properly,” said the officer. “The MPSC then contacted Chandel who said that some data had been lost due to a virus attack and his company was trying to recover it.”   But MPSC’s internal probe revealed that there there was no virus and the information given to it was misleading. 

The Times of India, 11, 2013

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