Nishant Aggarwal, who is working as Project engineer in Brahmos missile unit of Defense Research Development Organization (DRDO) in Nagpur, is accused of leaking technical information to Pakistan and ISI. According to the report, Nishant has taken these steps for IT job of 30 thousand dollars per month in Canada.
While interrogating Nishant Aggarwal has admitted that he used to regularly chat with ‘Sejal Sharma’ & another ‘Neha Sharma’ on Facebook. 4 laptops, 2 mobile phones, Google & Facebook data seized from two persons by UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Kanpur in connection with arrest of Brahmos engineer Nishant Agarwal on charges of spying in Nagpur
4 laptops, 2 mobile phones, Google & Facebook data seized from two persons by UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) in Kanpur in connection with arrest of Brahmos engineer Nishant Agarwal on charges of spying in Nagpur
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) October 9, 2018
Sejal Sharma, A facebook User who gave $30,000(Rs. 21 lakhs ) per month IT job offer in Canada to Nishant Agarwal. For Nishant Aggarwal, the lure of a $30,000/month IT job in Canada was too much to resist. So, when as part of the offer, he was asked for “specimens” of his work at the BrahMos missile project, the young scientist immediately complied.
Nishant Agarwal, the DRDO BrahMos unit scientist, who allegedly leaked sensitive information to an ISI handler from Pakistan, was lured with a job offer of $30,000 per month in Canada.https://t.co/IVpzYw6orw
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) October 10, 2018
According to the report, Nishant was constantly chatting with a resident of Canada,Sejal Kapoor on Facebook. Sejal invited him to chat on LinkedIn and also advised to chat with her seniors too. Later, she sent a ‘link’ to Nishant so that he could chat with her seniors too. When he clicked the link, a malware was downloaded in his computer. Using the malware, substantial data was stolen from Nishant’s computer.
In the interrogation, Nishant told that he always kept on talking to Neha Sharma on Facebook. Neha’s links were linked to Pakistan. According to sources, Nishant has no evidence how sensitive data is stolen from his computer. In this case, ATS officials are also interrogating other DRDO employees.
UP police said that Brahmos engineer arrested on the charge of espionage. Nishant Aggarwal was in touch with the suspected intelligence officials of Pakistan through two fake accounts called Neha Sharma and ‘Pooja Ranjan’ on Facebook. Nishant told Police that ‘Sejal Kapoor’ used to chat from the Facebook profile of ‘Pooja Ranjan’. Nishant always chatted with Sejal sharma while he talked very few times with “Neha Sharma” whose link has been traced to Pakistan.
Sources said even Nishant was “clueless” about how much of sensitive data had been stolen from his computer. Nishant has named some DRDO officials and his former Hyderabad-based senior as the ones with whom he had
Among the data retrieved by the ATS team from Nishant Aggarwal’s computers included a manual related to Brahmos missiles supplied to the Indian Navy 10 years ago.