The Deloitte Fires India Employee Who Ran The Global Hacking Gang Whiteint
November 9, 2022: Aditya Jain, associate director of Deloitte’s cyber unit in India, has now been sacked by the firm. It was learned that WhiteInt, a hacking gang, operated from a fourth-floor apartment in a suburb of Tech City, Gurugram.
It was headed by the 31-year-old, who joined Deloitte in February 2022. It recently emerged that illegal hacking operatives, also known as “hack-for-hire” companies, had operations across India, accessing emails and phones of VIPs and states for fees paid by private investigators globally.
A hacking gang called WhiteInt was exposed in a sting operation conducted by The Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.
The revelations revealed that some Indian hackers offered services to hack private email accounts and messages of victims on behalf of autocratic states, British lawyers and investigators working for their wealthy clients.
The sting revealed that the gang operated from a fourth-floor apartment in a suburb of Tech City, Gurugram.
According to a Sunday Times report, it was headed by a 31-year-old man who had been recruited to the Indian office of British accountancy firm Deloitte.
Aditya Jain, associate director of Deloitte’s cyber unit, has now been fired by the firm. “We are aware of recent media reports that reveal serious allegations about a person who used to work for Deloitte India.
This individual will no longer work for Deloitte India,” a Deloitte spokesperson told The Economic Times.
Jain, who was quoted as talking to undercover reporters, had joined Deloitte in February this year and was employed in the cyber unit of another Big Four firm till March 2021.
As part of a sting to expose the hacking operation, intelligence journalists visited India in search of hackers identified as former intelligence officers who could get them sensitive information from emails and computers of key figures.
The database of Whiteint, a hacking group, contains confidential details of former Pakistani President Musharraf, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis, former UK Chancellor Philip Hammond and former Pakistani Prime Minister Fawad Chaudhary, among others.
According to reports, Jain has been running a hacker network for seven years. They used malicious software that captures computer cameras and microphones, and allows hackers to see and hear their victims, to obtain private details.
Cyber security has been one of the fastest growing businesses in recent years for the Indian Big Four firms—EY, Deloitte, PwC and KPMG.
However, as they lack the required number of cyber security experts, sometimes companies outsource to some trusted companies and individuals.
According to the Big Four cyber consultant, these companies look to outsource at times when clients want “deeper insights.” They do basic background checks on all new employees, but a few “black sheep” slip through, he said.
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