Deloitte India fires employee after hacking expose

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Deloitte India fires employee after hacking expose
Companies do basic background checks on all new employees, but some slip through the “black sheep.” According to the report, An associate director with Deloitte’s cyber unit Aditya Jain was running the hacking firm WhiteInt.

According to ET report, An audit, consulting, advisory, and tax services firm Deloitte India has fired an employee for running a hacking firm.

Companies do basic background checks on all new employees, but some slip through the “black sheep.” According to the report, An associate director with Deloitte’s cyber unit Aditya Jain was running the hacking firm WhiteInt.

Aditya Jain joined Deloitte in February 2022. Previously he was employed with the cyber unit of another Big Four firm until March 2021.

A Deloitte spokesperson said, “We are aware of recent media reports that have made serious allegations against an individual who used to work for Deloitte India.”

“This individual no longer works for Deloitte India,” a Deloitte spokesperson added.

As per the report, The hacking firm’s database is said to contain confidential information about Pakistan’s former president Musharraf, Swiss president Ignazio Cassis, former British chancellor Philip Hammond and former Pakistani minister Fawad Chaudhary, among others.

The Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism conducted a sting operation that it says has exposed India-based hacking groups targeting VIPs globally. Earlier this year, journalists disguised as former intelligence officers traveled to India to find hackers who could get sensitive information from the emails and computers of important figures.

Deloitte invests in outstanding people of diverse talents and backgrounds and empowers them to achieve more than they could elsewhere. The company has overhauled its leadership in the UK, replacing half of the 16-person executive team, including the managing partner, in an unexpected reshuffle.

During the Covid, working from home became the new normal. The Firm was strict with the policies that they implemented. The Indian Big Four firms—EY, Deloitte, PwC, and KPMG—have large cyber security practices, and it has been one of their fastest-growing businesses in the past few years.

According to cyber law experts, India has had a friendly approach towards cybercrime. Even the IT Act 2008 has made “computer-related” crimes a bailable offence with a jail term of three years and a Rs 5,00,000 fine.

“India has dealt with this issue with a light touch. The legal framework needs to be strengthened. After the Covid pandemic the golden age of cybercrime has already begun,” said Pawan Duggal, Founder & Chairman of the International Commission on Cyber Security Law.

Experts said that in the current case of Deloitte’s employee India can register an FIR on its own to take some action or there could be an extradition request from the UK.

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