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Owners of three IT firms arrested for leaking, selling student data online

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The proprietors of three small-scale IT companies were arrested in connection with the data leak of students who appeared for the Standard 10th and 12th board exams this year, reported The New Indian Express. The arrests come after multiple reports of websites leaking and selling exhaustive personal data of students including their names, addressess, phone numbers, colleges they were studying in, and in some cases pincodes, parents' names and roll numbers of the exam they appeared for. The arrested persons are identified as P Praveen Chowdary, owner of Nari Technologies, A Sudakar of IT Acumens which is a web-designing company and Venkat Rao of K Square India Technologies. According to the report, the leaks emerged when parents of students started receiving "more number of calls from private colleges and institutions, attracting them with various offers and gifts." The data was found in possession of a database-marketing company and was sold at negotiable prices, according to a leaked audio tape, the report said. The report added that the data was "collected by the School Education department from the students" and further, that the "police could not tell the origin of the breach of data from the government’s database." The arrests were made based on a complaint by director of government examinations, Vasunthra Devi, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of the Chennai city police. The charges were cheating, theft of information and personal data and conspiracy. The police investigation revealed that the trio designed applications to sell student data. TNIE quoted an…

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