Software engineer held for cyber crime

Software engineer held for cyber crime
Software engineer held for cyber crime

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By Special Correspondent
July 29, 2007
The Hindu

CHENNAI: The Cyber Crime Cell of the CID Crime Branch on Friday arrested 
a former employee of an information technology (IT) company on charges 
of hacking into the server and stealing confidential data.

A press note issued by S. Balu, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Cyber 
Crime Cell, said police had arrested M.S. Ramasamy, a 37-year-old 
software engineer from Avadi, on charges of hacking and stealing 
confidential and proprietary information from the server of Caterpillar, 
a US-based construction and mining company.

Mr. Ramasamy had reportedly hacked into =E2=80=9CResearch and Engineering 
Documents Inquiry System=E2=80=9D (REDI) when he was working as an engineer in 
Caterpillar India Private Limited during January and February this year. 
The company has an engineering design centre at the Ascendas IT Park in 

When contacted, Mr. Balu said the accused had gained access to the 
company=E2=80=99s server headquartered at Peoria in Illinois, US, using another 
employee=E2=80=99s user ID and password and downloaded over 4,000 confidential 
documents. A closed circuit camera had visuals of him accessing the 
server at the time when the files were downloaded. A user log reflected 
the password and user ID used for gaining entry into the server.

Police arrested Mr. Ramasamy at Hosur, where he was employed with an IT 
company. They also confiscated the storage media, including hard disk 
and pen drive, containing the files.

Charges have been framed under Section 66 of the Information Technology 
Act, 2000 (Hacking) and Section 408 of the Indian Penal Code (Criminal 
Breach of Trust by clerk or servant).

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