Telangana cops arrest 20-year-old hacker with history for HawkEye, TSCOP data breach

The accused has been identified as Jatin Kumar, who had allegedly claimed on an online forum that the compromised data was for sale for $150.

ByDeepika Pasham

Published Jun 10, 2024 | 7:00 AMUpdatedJun 10, 2024 | 7:00 AM

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A 20-year-old student residing in Greater Noida was on Saturday, 8 June, arrested by the Telangana State Cyber Security Bureau (TSCSB) for his alleged role in hacking the data of the HawkEye application of Telangana police.

He also reportedly leaked certain details of the TSCOP app.

The accused has been identified as Jatin Kumar, who had allegedly claimed on an online forum that the compromised data was for sale for $150.

The accused allegedly posted Telegram IDs for interested buyers to contact him regarding the HawkEye and TSCOP data.

The TSCSB personnel reportedly utilised social engineering techniques to track him down in Delhi.

Subsequently, the Dwaraka Police Station’s Special Cell is said to have taken him into custody.

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‘Only part of the data breached’

TSCSB Director Shikha Goel explained, “According to the preliminary report, only a part of the data was breached by the accused.”

She added: “The arrested person is still in Noida. We are in the process of seeking transit remand, and he will be here in Telangana within one or two days.”

The IPS officer also said: “The probe is ongoing, with efforts underway to identify any accomplices involved in this case.”

The cyber police said the accused individual had a history of cybercrimes and was allegedly involved in a similar case of hacking.

He also allegedly leaked data regarding Aadhaar cards and information from other agencies.

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Addressing concerns

The HawkEye mobile application only retains user information such as mobile numbers, addresses, and email IDs as part of its data repository, said the TSCSB.

“Prima facie, it is suspected that the intruder might have obtained access to certain segments of HawkEye data by generating a report because of a weak or compromised password,” it added.

Telangana Director General of Police (DGP) Ravi Gupta clarified with a note: “As far as TSCOP is concerned, this application has been solely utilised for in-house tasks, guaranteeing no collection of confidential or financial user data.”

He added: “It is a fact that TSCOP does not collect any visitor or hotel management data at all.”

Telangana Police are said to be assessing all internal and external applications for security weaknesses to prevent further breaches.

(Edited by Arkadev Ghoshal)