According to a cyber expert, the government can find out who planted documents in the Bhima Koregaon case

9th July,2021

According to a cyber expert, the government can find out who planted documents in the Bhima Koregaon case




That's what Arsenal Consulting's President Mark Spencer had to say about the forensic agency's latest report, which revealed that incriminating evidence was planted in the computer of Surendra Gadling, who was arrested under UAPA (Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act) for alleged links with the banned CPI (Maoist) group in the Bhima Koregaon case.

On June 21, the explosive forensic report was presented to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Special Court in Mumbai.Stan Swamy, who died on July 5, was also named as a suspect in the Bhima Koregaon case. In multiple bail hearings, his lawyers argued that the evidence presented against Swamy was fabricated.

According to the Arsenal report, the person or persons who hacked Gadling's computer may also have hacked Swamy's computer.

Arsenal Consulting had previously filed two more forensic reports in the NIA Special Court, revealing that cyber attackers had planted evidence in Rona Jacob Wilson's computer, another accused in the Bhima Koregaon case. Her computer had been hacked for 22 months.According to the Arsenal report, the same attacker/s who planted documents/PDF files on Wilson's computer also compromised Gadling's computer for 20 months. This implies that the attacker is a skilled professional with a wealth of resources at his or her disposal.

The Quint spoke with Sandeep Shukla, professor of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT Kanpur, who has extensively read Arsenal Consulting's three reports on Wilson's and Gadling's computers, to learn more about the cyber attacker and the Arsenal Consulting report.