Police to file chargesheet against OUAT website hacker

Bhubaneswar: Commissionerate Police on Tuesday said it will file a chargesheet against city-based engineering student Tarini Prasad Roy, who had hacked the official website of Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology (OUAT) four days back.

“After arrest, we have released him (Roy) on a personal recognizance (PR) bond. There was no need to forward him to the magistrate. In this case, bail can be granted to the culprit at the police station. We are planning to file a chargesheet against him. Though he had no ill-intention in doing this, he has committed the act of hacking,” Police Commissioner RP Sharma said.

Meanwhile, pleading ignorance, Roy said he had no idea that the website belonging to an institution of repute like OUAT could be hacked so easily.

“I was experimenting how a website can be hacked as it was a part of our course curriculum. I had never visited the OUAT website after I tried to manipulate its coding. I came to know that the website has been hacked hours after I tried with technical modifications at my end,” a seemingly innocent Roy said.

“Immediately I tried to access the website, but the server was down,” he noted adding he had not imagined that the website was so hack-prone.

After the incident, The OUAT authorities have woken up to enhance the security of the website, which was developed more than a decade back.

Informing this to media, OUAT vice-chancellor Manoranjan Kar said, “We will take steps to improve cyber security of our website. Besides, we will ensure that no such thing happens in future.”

After analysing 400-odd internet protocol (IP) addresses on Monday, Commissionerate of Police had tracked down Roy, a student of a private engineering college here, for hacking the website. Roy, a self-confessed ethical hacker, was identified after police traced his IP address and proceeded to zero in on the system and internet user IDs.

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