Modi app hacker just saved 7 million users from privacy scare
- Javed Khatri claimed to have hacked Narendra Modi's app on Thursday night.
- He said his intention behind it was to discover a potentially enormous security loophole.
- The app is used by almost 7 million users.
"I have found a security issue in Narendra Modi's app. I would like to report the issue, " Javed tweeted on Thursday night.
@narendramodi_in I have found a security issue in Narendra Modi's app. Would like to report the issue.— Javed Khatri (@IamJavedKhatri) December 1, 2016
He mentioned that his intention behind the hacking was not harmful but to discover a potentially enormous security loophole in the app used by almost seven million users.
Javed, who said that he was an app developer, reached out to a website, youngstory.com, claiming he had hacked into the PM's app and could access the private data of users, including email ids and even mobile numbers of union ministers.
"Not only that, I can make any user on the platform follow any other user on the platform. This is just the summary of this huge security loophole which I want to report. The privacy of more than seven million users is at stake if this gets ignored," the young hacker told the website.
However, the story was taken down from the website after two hours. The site later clarified that they took down the story because they could not reach the relevant person to cover the app maker's story.
Javed again took to Twitter to inform that the app was fixed and he was in constant touch with Narendra Modi's app's IT Team.
Everything has been fixed by the app team. I am in touch with them. We had a good discussion regarding that. Would like to thank IT team— Javed Khatri (@IamJavedKhatri) December 2, 2016