iLocker - IT based fiction story

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This is an IT based fiction story, how corporate works, idea is stolen and how revenge is taken. I am an IT professional and tried to write with flavour of IT industry.

Submitted: May 14, 2016

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iLocker

Saturday night 7:30 PM at a posh bar of Greater Kailash Delhi

A mid 30 guy was sitting with his Swiss friend Hector working as a consultant in an IT Company at Delhi. They have built a good relationship since they met at Internet Security workshop occurred around 1 month earlier in Delhi.

After having 4-5 Talisker Strom on the rocks both were off their head. And as it happen after too much drunk nothing else but blabbing, they were having fuddled discussion like barking at the moon. Hector told that he is planning to going back to Switzerland and stay with family and friends there, while other guy poleaxed Hector when whispered that want to steal Violet diamond from SwedoBank headquarter in Mumbai which they bought in auction last to last month.

Hector looked at him, laughed and said "It seems you are inspired by MI and Ocean movies”. Hector gave him some gyan on being law obedient as a mellow guy. Other guy nodded his head, had a wicked smile and said" You are right, it seems I had too much today".  

They had muzzy discussion for some more time, then cleared bill and came out of bar.

Wednesday 10 AM SwedoBank Headquarter, Mumbai

SwedoBank started to operate in South Asia since 2 years and had headquarter at Mumbai. They had G+4 story building. Ground, 1st were for retail banking, and 2, 3 & 4 were for back office and software team.

Receptionist got call from Amit, Head of Security of SwedoBank on her intercom. He instructed her to collect all News Paper and Magazines from Lobby.

She got surprised but do not had nerve to ask reason. She called office boy and asked him to collect all News Paper and Magazines from Lobby. She further got amazed when her colleague texted her that all Vice Presidents and above are assembling at President Cabin.

Wednesday 10:50 AM President's cabin, SwedoBank, Mumbai

All senior members have assembled in room. Few of the attendees were aware of reason to have unplanned meeting, while others were whispering and making guesses. South Asia Head, Surya had a paper in his hand and staring people with brooding face.

Surya started conversation in aggravated tone "I hope many of you know reason to assemble here, for those who does not know I request to have look at this paper on my hand." Within 5 minutes, all members of SwedoBank in room were wide-eyed.

Surya broke silence and said “Amit found this leaflet in today’s newspaper delivered at our Bank. It might be mischief, but no one will speak about it outside this room. I do not want us on media headlines." He concluded meeting and discussed with Amit on further steps for 15 minutes. They decided to approach Mumbai Police personally considering this being sensitive matter which may impact brand value.

 

 

 

Wednesday 12:45 PM Police commissioner Mr. Bhagwat’s office, Mumbai

Surya & Amit were sitting in front of Commissioner Mr. Bhagwat. Corporates always has very good rapport with bureaucrats and that is why even without prior appointment Mr Bhagwat agreed to meet Surya immediately.

Amit explained events happened in bank since morning and shown leaflet which he found in newspaper. Mr Bhagwat read that piece of paper and he was deadpan after that. Paper was of violet color and on middle it has text "I love violet color and you have that. Coming this Christmas season at your bank to steal Jewel!!!!!”

After silence of few seconds, Mr Bhagwat, dialed a number from his mobile and asked Inspector Avinash to meet him immediately, In 5 mins Avinash was in his cabin.

Mr Bhagwat gave him paper, briefed about incidents and introduced with Surya and Amit. He instructed him to handle to security of bank and to find out mastermind behind this whole story. Surya, was not confident by looking single chassis Avinash, but he do want to say in front of him to Mr Bhagwat.

Mr Bhagwat, read this by face expression, he amused and said, "Do not judge him from his physique, Avinash is my trustworthy guy and he have handled these type of cases earlier as well. Now our best man is working on this case".

Surya smile and thanked both and before leaving to Bhagwat's cabin he said "I need a favor, things which we discussed here should not go to media as it will defame bank and we will be in other soup as well." Amit asked Avinash if he like to visit bank, Avinash told to reach bank after sometime and he kept pamphlet with him.

While Surya and Amit were at Police HQ, bank started business as usual like a normal day. Seniors were strictly instructed by Surya and Amit for not to discuss anything regarding violet paper.

Wednesday 4 PM SwedoBank, Mumbai

Avinash reached bank and asked receptionist to meet Amit, after confirmation from Amit over intercom she directed him to Amit's cabin.

Amit welcomed Avinash and asked for update like who distributed leaflet and who planned this.

Avinash have a witty smile and said "Sir, have some patience. I have instructed my team and we have started to investigate from various aspects. We found that leaflets were given to hawker in morning while he was about to enter in your bank premises for distribution. A person have gave him 1000 rs and bunch of pamphlet to put in newspaper. We are trying to get some more clues and will keep you updated."

Avinash continued "I know that your bank have won diamond in auction 2 month earlier but I like to know details other details like,  where it is right now, market price, its size and how you are securing it.

 Amit took sip of water from glass of water and said "Diamond is currently at 2nd floor locker room, which is highly secure. Even though market rumor is we bought it at a higher price, but we have considered economy slowdown and our research says that if we sell it in global market after 5-6 years we can easily sell it at 90-110% profit. We bought this 3,106.75 carat, 621.35 gm beauty for $350 million.”

He later on explained security systems installed in bank and both had a walk of locker room. They both discussed that it might be fake threat, but was not in a position to take any chances.

They were discussing security plan for another 45 minutes until Avinash's iPhone 6s rang. After receiving call, quickly completed discussion, came out of bank and instructed police officials waiting for him outside bank.

By Thursday, police have raided at many places to get clues of pamphlet, they also tried to look at CCTV footage & to prepare sketch of person who gave pamphlet to hawker, but it was like black box and nothing was coming out. However Avinash have tightened security in bank and installed more CCTV camera on the cross roads near bank.

Thursday 4 PM Debit Suisse Bank, Mumbai

Debit Suisse’s South Asia Head Mr. Rajgopal received an email from Police Commissioner Mr. Bhagwat.

Debit Suisse bank, another Swiss bank operating in India since more than 10 years and was located 2 streets away from Swedo Bank where Pamphlet was found. Along with business they were common in few other things as well. Both banks have leased buildings from same builder and were almost look alike.

In email Mr. Bhagwat have asked a favor from Bank and asked them to permit special squad member to monitor activities in locality from roof over weekend.

In email, Bhagwat mentioned this is part of operation to tackle anti national activity happening in Mumbai, financial hub of India. In email he assured that Squad member will be not have any arsenal/ammunition and will be having authority letter issued by Mr Bhagwat.

At the end of email Mr Bhagwat requested to keep this information confidential and mentioned that Squad member will reach around 7 PM. This mail reminded Rajgopal Bhagwat’s speech which he delivered at FICCI function 2 week earlier and asked that Police and Corporate sector need to work closely to stop anti national activities.

Rajgopal have not assumed such kind of cooperation from Mumbai Police and this mail astound him. He do not wanted to spoil relation with Mumbai police, on that other hand this mail was unusual to him. He asked his secretary to call Jaydeep.

In 5 minutes Jaydeep, Director of Security was in his room. Rajgopal conversed mail with Jaydeep, who was surprised just like Rajgopal. While they were in mid of conversation Rajgopal’s Note 5 rang, he thanked to True Caller helping to recognize caller’s name.

True Caller was showing caller name as Commissioner Office. He picked called, person on that other side asked that Commissioner wanted to check if he is received mail or not and if he can reply back to him. Rajgopal said that he was in meeting, he will check his mail and reply back.

After call, Rajgopal asked Jaydeep to check with his sources regarding new developments happening at Mumbai Police. Jaydeep left room and came back in 15 minutes.

Rajgopal was on call, he asked Jaydeep to sit on chair, quickly wrapped up his call and asked Jaydeep to share findings. Jaydeep said that yesterday Surya went to commissioner’s office along with Bank’s security head, they had an hour long meeting with commissioner and special squad inspector.

He further said this discussion was related to some threat they received in Bank. However he was unable to find any other details of discussion.  Rajgopal thought for a while and called Surya from him mobile. He tried to get details of his visit to commissioner office in many ways, but Surya smartly turned down and said that as a casual meeting.

 He looked at Jaydeep, and said “Looks like there is menace in this locality and I can correlate this with Bhagwat’s speech in FICCI, what is your thought on this email". Jaydeep nodded his head and said "I think we should cooperate with Police in this matter".

Rajgopal said with smile "Correct, I was also thinking on the same line, we cannot ignore this. Let me respond with a positive note. You please take care for rest of the processes." Rajgopal responded to Commissioner’s email with affirmative response and shared Jaydeep's contact details in email.

After sending mail, he called Delivery Head of new Project iLocker which Bank launched 6 months earlier. All three gentlemen discussed over few reports by looking at Dashboard of iLocker. Later on Rajgopal called HR head as well and pulled out report from his email which he received from Bern head office and put that on projector.

Head office conducted worldwide mystery audit and it turned out that in UK and South Asian employees will require to undergo rigorous training on Social Engineering.

Auditors used few standard tricks like they called at random extension portraying themselves as calling from some company or as a Bank’s customer and asked details e.g. Mobile, Email, Extension of employee having common name like common name like Amit, Pooja, Zafar, Tim, Rob, Cindy.

Auditors were able to get details of lot of employees having common name using hoax. They used another social engineering technique, they got details of employees from Job sites, mocked up fake interviews and tried to get confidential details and mal practices used in Bank.

In their report they have listed various confidential details and mal practices used at various branches. Apart from this it was also highlighted in report that in South Asia region security staff were not well aware of digital world and importance of digital data.

After discussing for some time on plan of action on Audit reports, Raj asked HR head to plan training for employees and security staff, he ensured that HR head share him weekly report on progress.

Rajgopal asked him to take help of companies providing corporate trainings and suggested to contact “Mirage”.

Once meeting was over he made a call to his friend who was owner of Mirage and gave him heads up that HR is going to approach him for training. In Corporate world it is very common that leaders use to do favor each other, which benefitted them in many ways including monetary.

Rajgopal was anxious because of digital security related point in Audit report, as it might have adverse impact of growth of iLocker project driven from Mumbai. Rajgopal have presented idea of iLocker almost 2 years earlier, which was well received from Board of Director and he was allocated enormous budget for startup.

iLocker was launched almost 6 months before from DebitSuisse. iLocker, was a breakthrough combination of Technology and Retail banking. In Retail Bank Vaults customer use to keep their physical assets e.g. Gold, Diamond, Currently, Wills, Files etc and they pay some amount to Banks for that service and security.

Using iLocker customers would be able to keep their confidential digital data with Bank and access it over internet. Key selling point of iLocker was security, privacy and anytime access.

iLocker was not meant for retail customers, target customers were senior management of corporates, bureaucrats, politicians, celebrities i.e. only elite group of society. Bank have planned to approach customers personally and plan was to keep this business model very confidential and to limited number of users.

DebitSuisse have identified target customers across the geographies, they first feel the pulse of customer and once customer agree to have iLocker account, Debit Suisse create user account from back office.

There were multiple authentications in place, customer generated password and random token generator device to login into website and then Biometric and Private Key generated by customer to encrypt/decrypt data.

To ensure that data is not lost and cannot be hacked, iLocker have made datacenter at various geographies. When a customer upload his data to iLocker.

File first got encrypted using private key and biometric code and then spited in multiple small chunks. Instead of keeping these chunks at same location those were distributed at multiple geographies of iLocker datacenter.

To maintain privacy of customer iLocker was not logging any activity of customers. Customer details were kept in encrypted format and cannot be deciphered. ILocker can be accessible through web or through mobile app.

When customer request to download specific file, Files from various locations pushed into central server, merging and decryption activity perform on server using Private key and bio metric details of customer and then customer will be able to download file.

Thursday 5:00 PM, Debit Suisse Bank, Mumbai

Tej Pratap, security supervisor of iLocker entered into bank. He completed his entry formalities and was about to enter into lift, his phone vibrated with notification of SMS.

He checked message, showing sender name as LM-Pizza, message says that “Enjoy free pizza today, we will give you call to take order. Happy Holidays”. He murmured one more marketing gimmick and deleted that message.

Tej was responsible for ensuring security of new business model iLocker. He got promoted to this role, before this role he was working as security supervisor at retail business of bank and developed very good relation with Jaydeep.

This role was challenging for him as he need to secure data which is virtual in nature. He use come there in night shift as instructed by Jaydeep. He reached to 3rd floor which was dedicated to iLocker data center. Security guard Prakash who sitting near Lift entrance greeted Tej.

 

iLocker Floor Layout

3rd floor has 2 entry point through lift and Fire Exit gate. Fire Exit gate was only for compliance purpose and was close since 3rd floor was restructured for iLocker project.

This area was highly sensitive for bank so it was under complete CCTV surveillance and person sitting in security cabin use to keep a close watch on monitors showing CCTV feeds.

Tej entered into security cabin and took hand over from person who use to come in day time. There was single entry into iLocker data center since morning.  Due to heating issue in one of the server, Service Engineer entered into iLocker and took 15 minutes to resolve that issue.

Tej was able to see these details on his computer. There were only 2 person on the floor, Tej inside cabin and Prakash guard near lift. As a daily routine Tej started to read newspaper which he use to buy from shop near bank.

As he turned pages of newspaper, bunch of pamphlet drops on the floor. After finishing one round of reading he picked pamphlet, one was of beauty parlor in that locality, another was of new mobile app to purchase vegetable and one which catches his attraction was a color full on glossy paper stating a Pizza Shop giving 50 % on all menu item during Christmas and few lucky customers will get it for free.

Tej recalled that he received similar SMS sometime back in his mobile. It was a boring job routine for Tej to sit idle and look at Dashboard on Computer and CCTV monitors. He and Prakash use to have conversation almost every night to kill time, and they use to crib Bank on having more security for iLocker rather than regular Vault of bank.

 

Wednesday & Thursday, Mumbai

Avinash and his team were working hard to find mastermind, they have made a reasonable progress and got to know from MEA sources that a Swiss national informed to Swiss embassy at Delhi regarding discussion of rob plan in Swedo Bank.

Avinash was staring at pamphlet and thinking if his investigation is going on right direction or missing any clue. In the mean while his phone rang and he was informed that Hector who informed to Swiss embassy was not in India because to Christmas vacation.

Avinash was thinking that why a thief will share about his plans, he was not fully convinced that Swedo Bank is target. He went to Commissioner’s office and updated on progress. Commissioner was happy with the progress and plan which Avinash has prepared for SwedoBank.

Avinash shared his concern that SwedoBank might not be target. Commissioner said “I agree, but we have lot of other things to do. Tomorrow is Christmas holiday and I advise you to ensure that SwedoBank is secure. I need you to look into some other cases as well”. He smiled and further said “Avinash, this is not a movie that we have only this case to solve. We have a whole city to look for. Just ensure that nothing happens at SwedoBank. Otherwise these corporate will approach to ministry and I will not be in a position to justify.”

Avinash nodded his head with smile. Commissioner said that “I am leaving now, will take a round of streets and then will approach for home. I have to go to Party at The Lalit tonight, I really hate to attend these type of parties. I never enjoy there, and always justifying police system to corporates, celebrities and social activist.”

It was around 4 PM, both Commissioner and Avinash left for their destinations. Avinash thought to take a round of SwedoBank and its surroundings as Banks was closed for next 3 days i.e. Friday for Christmas, Saturday and Sunday.

Avinash reached to SwedoBank around 6:30 PM. Most of the employees had left for the day. Few office boys, security staff, police staff and Amit was in office. Avinash straight away dialed Amit’s number and told him that he is waiting at lobby.

After 5-10 minutes Amit reached to lobby and they discussed about progress in investigation. However Amit was not happy with the progress on investigation, but he was very convinced with the security arrangement provided by Avinash.

Amit was relieved due to 3 days of holiday it was very easy to tightened security and to ensure only authorize persons were allowed to enter into building. On a normal day, it would be a nightmare for him.

 

 

Thursday, 7:30 PM Debit Suisse Bank, Mumbai

A person entered to bank and asked security guard to let Mr. Rajgopal know that executive of Commissioner came to meet him. Jaydeep have already informed security in charge that a person will come to meet Mr. Rajgopal and to let him know once he reach.

Security in charge asked that person to sit in waiting room and called Jaydeep. In 5 minutes Jaydeep entered into waiting room. He saw a mid-30 guy waiting for him. He had put on casual cloths and had a rucksack. Jaydeep introduce himself and shared pleasantries. That person introduced himself as Achal, part of Special squad.

Achal started conversation with him and shown letter issued by Commissioner Office. Jaydeep verified ID card and asked about bags “I am sure you are not having any arsenal, but to ensure this please cooperate with our staff.”

A security guard checked him and his bag, he saw a night vision camera, lenses, signal booster devices, walky-talky, pen, water bottle and few chips packets. Jaydeep personally checked those things and ensured that there was nothing suspicious in bags. He issued a card to Achal and escorted him till roof. Lift was only till 4th floor. So they took stairs to reach to top.

Jaydeep was curious to know the purpose of Achal’s visit. While Achal was looking around the roof Jaydeep asked the same. Achal responded “Yes, I understand you must be surprised. We need to monitor activities happening at night during Christmas in this locality. As this building is in corner, I am able to cover 2 sides. We have identified some other buildings as well and my colleagues are monitoring from there.”

Achal further continued “We are suspecting some underworld movements here and a big meeting is planned somewhere in this locality during Christmas. We cannot trust on local police, so only few from special squad are involved in this secret operation. Hope this answer”. After further conversation of 10 minutes Jaydeep left from roof leaving Achal alone.

Around 9 PM, He dialed a number from his mobile, after few rings person on the other side picked up phone. Achal was talking in a very polite manner and finished conversation within 5 minutes. He made another call and finished that call very quickly.

Once Achal finished his call, he reached to ground floor and asked security guy that he need to go out to finish some urgent work and will be back in sometime. Jaydeep had instructed to security to take a good care of Achal him being special squad of security force.

Achal went out, and reached shopping mall located on the opposite corner of street. He picked his delivery from Pizza Hut, which he ordered from roof when he made second call. He then reached to baggage collection center of Shopping mall and took his bag which he deposited earlier.

Achal went to Rest Room, changed his appearance by putting mustache and beard, put on Sweatshirt and Cap having symbol of Pizza Home. He changed Pizza from one box to other box and poured some liquid on Pizza and then walked back to Debit Suisse bank. By 9:25 PM Achal reached with his new appearance to Debit Suisse bank. He asked security at front gate that Mr Tej have ordered this and asked to deliver pizza to him. Security guard dialed extension of Tej and after confirmation from Tej he took delivery and asked Achal to leave.

Achal had made first call to Tej from roof and he said that he is calling from Pizza Home and they are offering free Pizza to him as a festive offer. He took order from Tej and made same order to Pizza Hut. In wash room he transferred pizza to Pizza Home box.

After 10 minutes Achal returned to Bank as earlier appearance, Security guard thoroughly checked him and let him go inside. One of security guard escorted him till roof and then came back. Before leaving bank Jaydeep gave clear instruction to security that not to let Achal enter to any floor apart from roof.

Achal was sitting calm and relaxed at roof, he took a power nap for 10-15 minutes. Around 11:30 PM he packed his bag, put it on his shoulder and came to 4th floor from stair case. He reached to fire exit door took out his water bottle from bag and dispensed liquid on the lock of Fire Exit door.

Achal waited for few minutes and tried to open lock, because of that liquid lock on door has soften, he pulled lock and opened door. He then quickly moved to 3rd Floor using fire exit stairs, use the same technique to open fire exit gate of 3rd floor. He slowly pushed the door, entered to 3rd floor and looked on his left.

Security guard was not present near lift. He quickly put a mask on his mouth and slowly moved to Security cabin and sprayed as soon as he opened door. Inside camera lenses Achal have kept spray causing unconsciousness.  After couple of minutes he entered into cabin and saw two people unconsciously lying down on chairs and Pizza box was having some half eaten pizza slices.

Achal smiled and spent some time on looking at monitors showing CCTV feeds. He was aware that for this floor there was separate CCTV setup and was not monitored from central location. He browsed Tej’s computer, paused recording and looked for CCTV recording files. He figured out that they are keeping CCTV recording files on hourly basis by looking at files names and creation time. He deleted recently created files for last 6 hours, copied some old files and renamed those with the deleted files. He then run some commands to check network machines.

He smiled and mumbled these Banks are good in physical security but not in computer security. He was able to access central security computer storing all CCTV recording. He performed same trick on that server by replacing recent recording with old files.

Achal was relaxed now he knew that no one is going to come in this floor and he is having enough time to perform his job. He took Tej’s card, swiped at iLocker data center gate and entered inside. He saw lot of open cabinets of 7ftx3ft arranged in rows.

Few of cabinets were having hard disks, while others were having CPU and switches. He roamed around data center, reached at extreme corner. He took a pen out from his bag and removed refill out of pen. That refill was a small screwdriver. He open screw of 2 hard drives from lowest slot, took those out, kept in his bag and came out of data center. He then entered into Security Cabin, kept Tej’s card on his table, picked all left pizza slices from box.

It was 1:45 AM, copied an old file from recording folder and rename it with that of 11 PM, 12 AM & 1AM so that it looks like recording was not paused. He scheduled to resume CCTV at 1:55 AM and quickly went out of Data Center floor, closed Fire Exit doors, reached to 4th floor and then from lift he reached to ground floor.

It was around 2.10 AM by that time, he thanks security guard for help and said “I am leaving now, please convey my regards to Jaydeep” and move out of Bank premises. He took a Taxi and left for some unknown destination. Achal knew that  Bank will figure out that someone entered and stole at data center, but by restoring CCTV files, taking pizza left over (in which Achal have mixed anesthesia) and putting Tej’s card back in place will give him sufficient time to move out of Mumbai.

 

Friday Morning, Mumbai

Avinash had sleepless night, not only because of Swedo bank case but also because of responsibility to look for law and order in that area. That area was one of the posh area in Mumbai and there was no chance of mistake.

He was very assured with security arranged inside & outside of Bank. He was waiting for CCTV footage expecting to receive on Saturday or Sunday from Delhi. He was very annoyed that Delhi police was not sending CCTV file over internet saying that file size is in GB and they refused to put file on sharing sites stating against the protocol.

For once he thought in the era of 4G, police department still relying on courier and posts.

Friday 2 AM onwards, Debit Suisse Bank

Email and SMS alerts were floating across IT support staff of Debit Suisse bank as monitoring software have identified interruption of services from Mumbai office at mid night. Few customers who were using iLocker application during mid night have reported the same, however when they refreshed application it was resolved.  

Data Centers of iLocker was distributed at various geography and they have implemented mechanism that in case of failure of one data center, customer will be connected to other data center so that they can use application flawlessly.

From end user prospective there was no interruption in iLocker. IT support staff was looking into issue and trying to rectify problem. IT support staff working from Manila, Philippines first thought issue with software which monitors data center health, however after 4-5 hours of investigation they were able to confirm that there was some hardware failure in Mumbai office. As there was no issue to end user access of application and because of holiday season they de-prioritized issue and sent mail to Mumbai IT staff to look into issue.

Prakash, security guard of iLocker woke up around 6 AM, for a moment he feared that Tej will scold him for sleeping so long, but he took a sigh of relief when saw Tej sleeping on next chair. He quickly woke up and sat at his chair near lift.

Around 7 AM, when he realized that Tej have not got up, he went to him and woke him up. Tej and Prakash use to sleep in mid night in turns but it was first time that they slept so long during duty hours.

Tej was still feeling dizziness as he ate most of Pizza, he thought that he slept for whole night hence do not wanted to discuss it with Prakash. He quickly looked at CCTV recording and monitors, and found everything fine. Then he took a round of data center. He was not able to see any issue at data center as well.

Tej was feeling relieved now, however he was not able to understand that how can he sleep whole night, he was also not sure if he finished Pizza or Prakash ate rest of Pizza. As it was festive season very few support IT support staff was working at Mumbai office.

Support engineer Dipak reached DS bank around 11 AM and he sent mail to Tej that he require to visit Data Center as Manila team have reported hardware failure at Mumbai office. Tej was restless after looking at mail, he thought for few minute if something happened at mid night and if he missed that. He replied to Dipak to come to data center.

 In the meantime support engineer was able to find out by looking at the log files that 2 of the hard disks were not responding. He open an excel file having detail of cabinets and hard disks in that cabinet, noted down cabinet number of faulty hard disk. Dipak reached to 3rd floor and along with Tej entered into Data center.

Dipak reached to Cabinet which he noted down and he was stunned when he saw 2 hard disks were missing, he called Tej and pointed missing hard disk to him. Tej lurched, and continued looking at cabinet for couple of minutes.

Engineer was furious, screamed on him that someone took hard disk and you are not aware of it. He immediately called Delivery Head of iLocker who was on vacation and briefed him about situation. Within few minute iLocker senior management including Rajgopal were aware about this.

In the meantime Tej tried to look at CCTV recordings of mid night, but he was not able to find anything suspicious. His was out of mind, and was worried of future consequences. Rajgopal have asked iLocker key team members to reach by 2 PM to analyze situation. He also called Jaydeep and asked him to immediately reach to bank and investigate the matter.

They met around 2 PM and it was decided to replace hard disk and automated process will synchronize data when it will run next time. Rajgopal clearly instructed that as he is leading this project, he will take all responsibility of this and all communication regarding this incident will be taken care only by him. After this meeting, iLocker team was having high regards for Rajgopal as he took overall responsibility of this. Post this meeting Rajgopal asked Jaydeep to meet in 10 minutes in his cabin. They discussed extensively for around 3 hours for future course of action.

1st week of New Year, Mumbai

After New Year, Police commissioner Mr. Bhagwat was relaxed as there was no major incident report in Mumbai, another reason that Violet Diamond was safe at Swedo Bank. He called Avinash to see him at his office. Once Avinash reached he congratulated him on ensuring security of Swedo Bank.

However Avinash was not happy as we was not able to find out person who sent Pamphlet and seen in Bar at Delhi. From CCTV footage which he got from Delhi Police and sketch prepared with help of new paper hawker, he was not able to identify person.

Mr. Bhagwat made a call to Surya and took his consent to remove police security from Swedo Bank. Commissioner asked Avinash to drop case of SwedoBank and to focus on new case. Commissioner asked Avinash to visit DebitSuisse bank to check why Head of Debit Suisse sent mail to him and shown mail to Avinash.

 Avinash met with Rajgopal asked regarding mail and if something suspicious happened during Christmas vacation. Rajgopal simply refused and said might be someone doing mischiefs with technology. Rajgopal convinced Avinash that his technology knowledge is good in comparison of other officers at Mumbai Police and not as good as technocrats.  Avinash assumed that someone might have planned pranks across Mumbai during Christmas and left for his new assignment.

2 months after Christmas, Singapore

Achal was sitting in a restaurant at Clarke Que, Singapore. An aged man reached to his table, Achal stood up and shake hand with him. Achal started to speak, “Surya Sir, I hope you must be happy now.” Surya amused and said “Thanks Achal, you have done what I have asked for, but Rajgopal is very smart. He is able to hide what you have done to Debit Suisse management”.

Achal was surprised when he heard this, as this is not what he and Surya have planned. They have thought that once Achal will steal hard disk from Mumbai Data Center, either iLocker program will be terminated or at least Rajgopal will be held responsible for this and Bank will take action against him.

Surya and Rajgopal both started their career together long back from Debit Suisse bank as intern and had good harmony. 2 years earlier Raj was heading South Asia Retail Banking from Mumbai and Surya was heading South East Asia from Singapore.

Because of worldwide slowdown in economy there was panic in Banks, all senior positions of Debit Suisse was thoroughly scrutinized and few of the regional head were sacked. During that period Achal who completed his MBA after Engineering and working as intern at Debit Suisse bank, presented concept of iLocker to Surya at Singapore.

Surya was very impressed with this idea and thought to discuss this in board meeting which was scheduled at Mumbai. Achal have prepared video walkthrough and gave that to Surya for presentation. Surya reached to Mumbai 2-3 days before board meeting so that he can met with his old friends and can lobby for iLocker.

As Surya and Rajgopal were good friends, they decided to have dinner together for the all the days while Surya was in Mumbai. While first day during drinks and dinner, they had formal discussion, second day they both discussed concern about Job in-security.

Raj was having good network inside bank, he asked Surya that he heard that Surya is lobbying for some new concept and asked details. Surya first ignored but after 4-5 pegs of Scotch he blabbed whole idea and shown video presentation to Rajgopal.

Rajgopal congratulated and appreciated him. On next day board meeting, Surya could not reached because he was unconscious for more than 24 hours for unknown reasons at his hotel room. Rajgopal presented iLocker project stating as his vision & creation, and it was approved on pilot basis. When Surya got to know about it, he was shocked.

Surya knew that in corporate sector, once idea is stolen it’s gone. He silently left to Singapore, quit Debit Suisse and joined Swedo Bank as Head of South Asia and started working from Mumbai.

He planned with Achal to ruin iLocker program and Achal executed this whole plot. To divert police attention, easy entry to DebitSuisse bank, and to safeguard Surya he discussed with Hector so that Police believe about theft story of Violet diamond and then kept pamphlet in new paper of Swedo Bank.

He was aware that Jaydeep will know that Police is meeting with Surya but they will not know reason. This will panic Rajgopal and he will easily approve Achal’s entry to Debit Suisse bank. He used mail program, through which one can send mail showing fake sender id.

Achal sent mail from that program to Rajgopal showing sender’s email id of commissioner. Using True caller, he ensured that call which he made from PCO shows name as Police Commissioner Office. He have used a SMS subscription service, through which he had sent SMS to Tej for Pizza offer.

Surya was not pleased, as Rajgopal played very safe even after Achal stole hard disk. He conveyed a message that it was a hardware failure and changed hardware vendor immediately.

Support engineer Dipak who spotted stolen hard disk was promoted and sent to Middle East region. Delivery head of iLocker was promoted and move to IT division. Tej resigned from DebitSuisse and started his own Security Agency with help of Jaydeep, Prakash was sacked due to improper attitude. Rajgopal and Jaydeep took credit of success of iLocker and it was awarded most innovative idea of year in Debit Suisse.

 

 

After 6 months, Mumbai

Surya’s effort to highlight iLocker as a failure and to take revenge from Rajgopal was in vain, Rajgopal was very expert in managing board directors. In some corporate meetings Surya got chance to meet with Board of Directors of Debit Suisse, but Surya have not discussed anything regarding iLocker as he was aware that until produce strong evidences, Rajgopal will manipulate things and easily escape.

One day, Surya got a message from Achal who requested to meet him. After office hours they met at Barista and Achal shown him some files on his laptop. He was able to extract few files from hard disks which he took from Debit Suisse after mammoth effort of 4-5 months and with help of his friend working at SalvageDatae, Singapore a data recovery company.

One of the files which Achal was able to decipher was having recording of conversation in which one guys appearing as senator was threating to a builder. In another file he found SSN number of few thousand US nationals. After looking at files wicked smile appears on Surya’s face. He copied those files to his Laptop and made a call to her secretary to book flight for Bern, Switzerland head office of Debit Suisse.

In next couple of month lot of events occurred at Debit Suisse. Customers of iLocker were informed that Bank have decided to close project as multiple countries have opposed this because government has no control over it. Rajgopal resigned from DebitSuisse and started his consultancy firm. Jaydeep left Debit Suisse and joined Tej. Surya joined Debit Suisse again with new role Retail Head of Asia Pacific. Achal joined SwedoBank as Vice President of Innovative Ideas.

After 9-10 Months, SwedoBank

Avinash visited SwedoBank for some personal work, he saw Achal coming out of lift along with Amit. Avinash suspected that he might have seen Achal before.

He moved toward lift greeted Amit and asked Achal if they met before. Achal took a while in response, smiled and said I am not sure but might have heard about me at some bar in Delhi. This statement brought whole SwedoBank incident in Avinash’s mind. He smiled and offered Achal to have drink with him in evening.

They both met around 8 PM in Rain bar Mumbai. Avinash said “I know, even if I arrest you, your lawyer will arrange bail immediately. I know you kept Pamphlet in SwedoBank and you sent mail to DebitSuisse.” He continued “I heard lot of movement in Debit Suisse this year including Rajgopal left and Surya joined Debit Suisse again. I can smell something big and you are involved in this, do you like to share with me.”

He further added “There is always 2 side of story, my side and your side, I like to understand your story”.

Achal had a sneaky smile on his face and said “It is corporate revenge, we do not have kill anyone but take more than life.” He further said there are 3 side of any story my side, your side and true story, and for corporates always my side is true and left for home.


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