Six More Arrests in GIA Diamond Grading Hacking Case

Grading
27/01/2016 21:59

JCK reports that six more people have been arrested by the Indian authorities in the investigation into unauthorized access (hacking) of the GIA database, according to an Institute announcement. GIA declined to release their names. GIA previously identified the submitting companies, who are no longer permitted to submit stones to its lab pending an investigation. A total of eight arrests have now been made as a result of cooperation between the GIA, the Indian authorities and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the contractor that supports GIA databases, according to a GIA statement on January 26. To date, only 297 of the 1,042 reports suspected doctored have been returned to GIA. As announced only yesterday, the GIA has extended its submission date for the confirmation service for members of the trade concerned about the validity of their grading reports by two months to March 31, 2016. “It is imperative that all of the diamonds and their reports be returned to GIA to remove the fraudulently altered reports from the market,” the statement said.