Deloitte India has fired a person running a hacking firm on the side, report a media house. According to the report, the India-based hacking groups targeting VIPs globally have been exposed. An associate director with Delottie’s cyber unit, in India, Aditya Jain had been running a hacking firm with the name WhiteInt, said the report.
As per a Deloitte official, the firm was well aware of the recent media reports highlighting serious allegations regarding an individual who worked at Deloitte, India earlier. This individual no longer works for Deloitte India and has no association with the firm, he added.
The media report suggests that early this year, a few undercover reporters posing as former intelligence officials came to India in search of hackers in order to get sensitive information from the email and computers of key personalities. Previously, Jain was employed with the cyber unit of another one of the Big Four firms. He worked there till March 2021 and later joined Deloitte in February 2022. He was cited as speaking to the undercover reporters, according to the media report.
Crucial information relating to former Pakistan President Musharraf, Swiss President Ignazio Cassis, former UK chancellor Philip Hammond, and former Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry, among others, formed part of hacking firm’s database the report added.
The Indian Big four firms Ernst and Young, Deloitte, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Klynveld Peat Marwick Goerdeler consider huge cyber security practices. Being one of the been one of their fastest-growing businesses in recent few years, specifically during the pandemic, it played a huge role when work from home (WFH) became a big trend and new normal. However, cybersecurity experts are in short supply which leads to the firms struggling hard to source talent in order to deliver projects.
According to one of the big fours’ officials, the work is outsourced to some trusted firms and individuals at times when clients want “deeper insights”. The firms practice going through a basic background check on all new employees, however, a few “black sheep” slip through, he added.