Reliance Jio does a U-turn, admits to data leak in police complaint

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Evidence indicates widely-used Aadhaar numbers of Jio customers not compromised in leak

 

 

LATEST NEWS :  India’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd, which is looking into reports of a major leak of user data, has filed a police complaint alleging “unlawful access to its systems,” a police officer involved in the investigation said on Wednesday.

 

The complaint is the telecom company’s first official acknowledgement of a systems breach. Jio has so far denied media reports and user accounts of a leak.

 

The officer involved in the investigation said Jio filed the complaint on Monday in Navi Mumbai, where it is headquartered.

 

Jio, part of conglomerate Reliance Industries Ltd, did not respond to a Reuters request for comment on Wednesday.

 

Several local news sites reported late on Sunday that names, telephone numbers and email addresses of Jio users were visible on a site called ‘Magicapk,’ which was subsequently taken down.

 

Jio, headed by India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani, rubbished the website’s claims and said its subscriber data was safe and maintained with the highest security. It said that data on the ‘Magicapk’ website appeared to be “unauthentic.”

 

Many local news outlets such as Indian Express and MediaNama however, contradicted these claims. They reported being able to cross reference and confirm the veracity of the data on numerous Jio customers known to them.

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