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India detains Russian national suspected of hacking national education software

It is confirmed that Shargin was detained in India on allegations of hacking the software of India’s unified digital system intended to hold nationwide exams for students

NEW DELHI, October 3. /TASS/. The Indian Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has detained a Russian national, Mikhail Shargin, on suspicion of allegedly hacking the country’s software to access the exam results of one of the leading engineering institutions in India, local NDTV television channel reported on Monday.

According to the NDTV broadcaster, the Russian attempted to hack "into the software for the exam which was provided by world-renowned TCS or Tata Consultancy Services" and he was detained by India’s law enforcement upon the arrival of his flight from Kazakhstan to New Delhi.

India’s news television company NDTV cited its unnamed sources that the detained Russian national "had hacked TCS Software which was the platform for the JEE Mains Exam in order to provide remote connectivity to control computer terminals of candidates appearing for the exam."

"The Joint Engineering Exam or JEE Main, is a computer-based exam conducted across the country to determine admission to engineering colleges including prestigious IITs," the broadcaster added on its official website.

A source in the law enforcement bodies of India confirmed to TASS on Monday that Shargin was detained in India on allegations of hacking the software of India’s unified digital system intended to hold nationwide exams for students.

"Russian national Mikhail Shargin, born in 1997, allegedly hailing from Moscow, was detained," the source stated. "He was apprehended at 0:30 a.m. local time [10:00 p.m. October 2 Moscow Time] upon his flight’s arrival from Kazakhstan. Law enforcement officers already had information on him."

TASS news agency inquired for additional information with the Russian Embassy in New Delhi concerning the detention of the Russian citizen.