A Gujarat Technological University (GTU) student was behind the data theft of students of the university.
The Cyber Cell of city police arrested the student who stole the data of fellow students and uploaded it on a website in the hope of getting the GTU exams cancelled.
The arrested youth is an information technology sixth-semester student of the varsity.
The arrested student has been identified as 23-year-old Mohit alias Montu Chothanini.
He originally belongs to Junagadh but lives in Sola area of the city.
What GTU student told cops
Mohit told cops that the Gujarat government had put forth several guidelines for universities and had even asked them to cancel exams.
If the guidelines were to be followed in letter and spirit, the exams should not be conducted.
Mohit said, GTU, however, decided to hold exams.
He said he stole the data and uploaded it on several other websites that he had created.
The GTU registrar had last Friday filed a complaint of cyber data theft with the Cyber Cell of Ahmedabad Police.
It said the photographs and ID proof of students appearing for the online Pre-Trial exams of GTU had been stolen.
The fraudsters uploaded the data on www.gtu-exam.github.io/pre-check-trial-students/.
The university had organised the exams for final year diploma, undergraduate and postgraduate students of the university after it got delayed due to COVID-19.
A private company was hired for conducting the exams. Several students could not log in their credentials and appear for the first part of the exam taken on July 28.
In all, close to 1900 students had informed the university that they would be appearing for the exams.
But only 1275 had appeared for the same. The next day, GTU officials got to know through social media that someone had stolen and uploaded the picture and data of GTU students on the website www.gtu-exam.github.io/pre-check-trial-students/.
When asked for an explanation, the private agency tasked with carrying out the test said the data of students who appeared for the Pre-Trial exams had been stolen.
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