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Sec 66A: Police Books Boy For Using Girl’s Photo, Anonymous Hacks BSNL Servers


An Ulhasnagar (Maharashtra) resident, Jagdish Patil, has been booked under Section 66 (A) of the IT Act, 2000, for using a girl’s photo without authorization, reports NDTV. An FIR was filed by the girl’s parents on December 2012, however, the incident took place August 26 this year.

Patil sent a cake to the girl’s house on her birthday with her photograph printed on the top of the cake. The girl’s family had not ordered a cake and then decided to register a formal complaint at the Hill Line police station. In the police investigation, it was discovered that the cake was ordered from Ribbons and Balloons, and was sent through the shop’s home delivery service. Patil had used his email id to place the order and send the girls photo. The police referred to the cyber crime cell to identify the boy’s identity.

The Hill Line police has booked Patil for using the girl’s photo without authorization under the Section 66(a) of the IT ACT, 2000.

Other developments: We had recently reported that around 1,630 people were arrested for cyber crimes registered under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the year 2011. This year, we have seen instances people misusing the controversial Section 66(A) of the IT Act, 2000. Shaheen Dhada and Renu Srinivasan, from Palghar were arrested under Section 505 of the Indian Penal Code for posting an update on Facebook. The girls were granted a bail after depositing a Rs 15,000 bond. Previously, Chandigarh’s Henna Bakshi and Kamalpreet Singh were booked under the IT Act for posting abusive messages on  the Union Territory traffic police’s Facebook page. Under the IT act, the charges levelled against were are non-bailable and she could be seen serving a jail time of three years. On August 15, Bakshi posted abusive comments on the Union Territory traffic police’s Facebook page after the police failed to address her complaint about the theft of her car, which was stolen on August 11.

In October, the Chennai City Police had arrested and detained two people for harassing singer Chinmayi Sripada on Twitter. In May 2012, two Air India employees, Mayank Mohan Sharma and KVJ Rao, were arrested by the cyber crime cell of the Mumbai police for a Facebook post.

Currently, the Rajya Sabha is discussing the Section 66 of the IT Act. Live blog here.

Meanwhile, in another development, Anonymous India hacked state-owned telecom firm website, bsnl.co.in, demanding the withdrawal of section 66 A of the IT Act, according to an NDTV report. The group hacked BSNL’s website in support of Aseem Trivedi and Alok Dixit, who are on a hunger strike to protest Section 66A of the IT Act. According to another report by The Hacker News, the group had hacked the entire server, with 250 databases. Anonymous also leaked password and user ids of the database hacked. BSNL quickly restored its website. A couple of days back, Anonymous had also hacked and defaced telecom minister Kapil Sibal’s website for his stand on IT Act.

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