Wednesday , September 20 2017

Telangana: Disgruntled techies stealing secret data

The mugging of source codes, blueprints worry IT companies.

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Hyderabad: IT companies in the city are facing a problem — disgruntled employees who steal their personal tech blueprints and sell them to rival organizations.  Source code stealing, leaking confidential data, hacking databases, and denial of service (DoS) attacks on IT firm websites are frequently informed to cyber crime police in the city. Over 101 such cases were reported last year in Hyderabad.

Source codes of new smartphone and PC applications were stolen and sold to other firms. Most of the suspects in these cases are either leaving employees or former staffs. The cases mostly occur in small IT companies where there are no effective safety systems, police said. As a standard practice, most IT companies sign non-disclosure agreements with software developers as they deal with confidential material that could be patented in prospect.

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In certain cases, software developers functioning on a project steal or leak info to another client to earn money or to get even with employers. The suspects do this either when they are on notice period or after exit the company. Some suspects even leave the state after pocketing huge amounts. A large number of cases are highly technical and cybercrime cops take time to resolve them. “Violation of non-disclosure contracts, copyright violations, hacking, and data mugging are the charges we slap on doubts under the IT Act. These are highly technical, and it is very difficult to collect proof,” said a cyber crime police officer. So, conviction rates in these cases are low.

“These cases are reported mostly from startups and minor firms, where they have no effective safety,” said an officer. However, techies say that all forces cases are not truthful. One of the accused, a 28-year-old techie, who was booked by Cyberabad cybercrime forces, said that he was framed by his previous employer. “I resigned organization to start a new venture. We got a rented room and started working on a request. We developed our individual app with a new code. But, when my boss got to know that I was working on a project that would compete with theirs he comes up to the police and filed a false complaint. They just required intimidate us so that we are forced to drop our project,” said the techie, who pleaded anonymity as the case is in a law court.

We got a rented room and started working on a request. We developed our individual app with a new code. But, when my boss got to know that I was working on a project that would compete with theirs he comes up to the police and filed a false complaint. They just required intimidate us so that we are forced to drop our project,” said the techie, who pleaded anonymity as the case is in a law court.

 

 

 

 

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