TAMIL NADU

Two ex-employees held for hacking into online server

CHENNAI SEPT. 6. Two former employees of a Saligramam-based computer firm were booked by the City Police today under the Information Technology Act, 2000, for hacking into the company's online server and deleting its database.

During the course of enquiry by the cyber cell, it was determined that the Internet Protocol address of the hacker referred to a net cafe in Ambattur. Meanwhile, the company representatives, while listing out the names of `suspects', brought out the names of two former employees, R.Vijayakumar and K.C.S. Kannan, who left the company in April. They were aware of the system administrator password and the nature of the database available with the company.

"Upon enquiry of the records at the Internet cafe, we established that it was the two former employees who had used the computers between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on the day when the database was deleted," the police officer, who investigated the case, said.

The two had been booked under Section 65 (Tampering of computer source documents) and Section 66 (Hacking with computer systems) of the IT Act. The maximum punishment for hacking was imprisonment up to three years and fine up to Rs. 2 lakhs, or both, the police said.

Representatives of Digiblitz Technologies conceded that they had made a `mistake' by not securing their data. "This is a lesson for us and hopefully for other computer firms too that backing up of data is must. We have already corrected that aspect," Ms. Susetha said.

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