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Confidential data theft; 1 arrested


The cyber cell of Bidhannagar city police today arrested a youth on charges of stealing and selling confidential details of the clients of an IT company to various cyber crime rackets, causing losses amounting to Rs 2.5 crore, police said.

Police arrested Arijit Debnath from Salt Lake Sector-V and seized a pen drive and a mobile phone which were used to steal and keep customer details of the IT company which he had duped. 

Police said that Arajit is a resident of Liluah in Howrah and a former employee of the IT company. 

The matter came to light after Mr Snehashis Mukherjee, managing director of the IT company, lodged a complaint with the cybercrime cell of Bidnannagar city police. In his complaint Mr Mukherjee alleged that for the past few weeks they noticed valuable confidential data related to customers were being either shared or misused. He claimed that whenever there was any deal or transaction with any customer or organisation, there was interference from a third party which resulted in the routing of the deal to some fictitious company. The company noticed that several of their deals were either terminated or completed with some other company. 

The IT company after losing business deals worth Rs 2.5 crore, started an internal investigation and found that Arijit, who worked as a software developer, had kept a huge amount of company data in his mobile phone and pen drive. 

Police said Arijit was also an expert in software coding and kept a huge amount of data in compressed form in his mobile phone. Mr Mukherjee informed the matter to Bidhannagar city police and subsequently police arrested Arijit. During interrogation police came to know that three more former employees of the company are also involved in the crime.

Police booked Arijit for cheating and conspiracy under Indian Penal Code and Sections 66C/66D/72A of Information Technology Act which deals with stealing of data and breach of contract. A senior police officer said that in view of the increasing number of cybercrimes in the IT hubs of Salt Lake, they are asking companies to inform them of any anomaly as early as possible.