Kashmir Indepth

Info breach at KU has left students baffled & worried: Ibrahim Javid Shah

“Sale of private data online has made students privacy vulnerable to impending threats; Request cybercrime wing to retrieve the data & nab culprits”

Srinagar, August 10: Apni Student’s Union Provincial President Kashmir & prominent social activist Ibrahim Javaid Shah on Wednesday expressed deep concern over a malafide breach of students personal data at Kashmir University that has been currently put on sale on the internet.

Reacting strongly to such cyber attack Shah called on all administration & concerned cybercrime monitoring wing of police to probe into this matter and ensure that sanctity of students personal data is maintained.

“The students of Kashmir University along with their parents are in a state of deep shock as their personal data is being sold online including their photographs, mobile numbers & residential addresses. It equally raises serious questions over the level of security incorporated by the University authorities to keep this sensitivity data secure & safe from such vicious cyberattacks,” he remarked.

Ibrahim said that most of such data is being bought & used by educational institutions globally to connect to the prospective students but sometimes it gets more sinister.

“While such data is highly valued by the educational institutions which race for admitting more students in their establishments but certain times this data is also bought by scammers, fraudsters & even by people related with porn industry. Thus, I urge J&K police to play its vital role in retrieving the data of students and nabbing the culprits behind this cyberattack,” he said.

Furthermore, Ibrahim urged the University & college managements across J&K to adapt centralised secured system which can efficiently thwart such breaches in future and ensure that data discretion is maintained.

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