Cyber Security

Man arrested for hacking Election Commission and creating Fake Voter IDs

The Uttar Pradesh police yesterday arrested one person from Saharanpur for allegedly hacking the Election Commission of India website and creating hundreds of fake voter IDs.

As per reports, police have arrested one 24-year old Vipul Saini. Based on the initial investigation, the Police allege that Saini worked at the behest of one Armaan Malik, who belongs to Madhya Pradesh. Malik used to send details of the day’s work to Saini and the duo forged over 10,000 fake voter IDs over three months.

Speaking to PTI, Saharanpur Senior Superintendent of Police S. Channappa said Saini used to earn Rs. 100-200 per ID. Upon examination, the police found Rs. 60 lakh deposited in Saini’s bank account. The police have now frozen the account. They have also seized two computers from Saini’s home.

The Police are trying to trace the source of money and also probing if the case is linked to anti-national or terrorist forces.

Incidents like this are very sensitive, as fake IDs can be used for numerous illegitimate purposes. They gain even more importance as the Election Commission is considering to link Electoral Rolls with Aadhaar. Earlier in March, the Telangana Police unearthed a passport scam where 72 Indian passports were issued to Bangladeshi nationals on the basis of fake Aadhaar cards.

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Rohit Ranjan Praveer

Rohit is a practicing advocate at Delhi. Beginning as a tech enthusiast, Rohit always had a keen interest in computer forensics and information security. Building upon these fundamentals, he has undertaken extensive research on various techno-legal topics and continues his pursuit pass on valuable information to the masses, with a zeal to build something that outlasts him.​

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