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CBSE question paper leak: three arrested in Himachal
Teacher, school staff ‘leaked’ paper three days before exam’
The Delhi police arrested a teacher and two other staff members of a school in Himachal Pradesh late on Friday for allegedly leaking the CBSE Class 12 Economics paper three days before the exam date (March 26).
All the three arrested men — teacher Rakesh Kumar, clerk Amit Kumar and peon Ashok Kumar — work for the DAV Centenary Public School in Una.
The three had leaked the paper to help a couple of students pass the exam, said Special Commissioner of Police (Crime) R.P. Upadhyay.
No money trail was detected in the sharing of the question papers. The paper was shared on 40 WhatsApp groups mainly in Haryana and Punjab, added Mr. Upadhyay.
Rakesh has been an Economics teacher at the school for the last eight years. He was also the centre superintendent of the Jawahar Navodaya Public School.
Paper picked from bank
On March 23, Rakesh along with Ashok collected bundles of question papers for the Computer Science examination, scheduled for that day, from the Union Bank in Una. In the process, the duo also picked up a small bundle of Economics question papers from the strongroom, police said.
“Rakesh went to the Jawahar Navodaya with the Computer Science paper bundle and he handed over the Economics paper bundle to Ashok, who handed it over to Amit at the DAV school,” said a police officer.
“To avoid getting traced by handwriting, the question paper was jotted down on a sheet by a student and it was sent to Rakesh through WhatsApp and he passed it on to a student whom he gave tuition,” said the officer.
“The handwritten copy was sent by Rakesh to his relative in Ferozepur whose son was also appearing in Class XII exam. His sister-in-law passed on the question paper to others on WhatsApp and the paper got leaked on WhatsApp groups,” he said.
No hacking, only a ‘hardware failure’
Officials deny Chinese involvement
The display logo that appeared on the Defence Ministry’s website after it crashed on Friday was a Japanese character and not Chinese, National Cybersecurity coordinator Gulshan Rai said here on Saturday.
The appearance of the logo led to speculation that Chinese hackers had broken into the Ministry’s website and nine other government sites. The fears were compounded by Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s tweet that action had been initiated after “the hacking of the MoD website”.
She later posted a press release issued by the Electronics and Information Technology Ministry that the website was not hacked but it became inaccessible from a technical fault.
Explaining the cyber-outage, Mr. Rai told The Hindu that the Defence Ministry’s website ran on the Drupal content management software, and when there was a “hardware failure”, the software went back to the reset position, thus displaying the logo, which is a Japanese character.
He said the Ministry was using Drupal as it was “rich and good”. The open source platform had the Japanese character as the logo.
“The hardware storage area network which stores the data had a problem, the software (Drupal) went back to resetting position and that is why the logo appeared on the website. The logo was not Chinese but a Japanese character. It’s open source software. The other nine websites were also impacted as all of them were stored in the same system. It was purely a cyber-outage,” Mr. Rai said.
Another official said the National Informatics Centre (NIC), which hosts the government websites, was examining the cause of the “hardware failure” and taking corrective measures.
The official said they were not aware of Ms. Sitharaman’s tweet, but added that the Ministries concerned could not have been informed in advance as it was a “hardware failure”.
The Defence Ministry website was one of the first to go down. Later, the websites of the Ministries of Home, Law and Labour and six other departments were also down. They were restored by Friday night.
A private information technology professional said hardware failure could be due to multiple reasons such as power failure or back-up not working. “Any change to be made on the Defence Ministry website has to be done through Drupal and it is not an alarming situation. Seems to be a one-time glitch,” he said.
Source:- The Hindu