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Hyderabad, Feb 28, 2017: Family members, relatives, friends and people from different walks of life bid a tearful adieu to Indian techie Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US on February 22 in a suspected hate crime.

His last rites were performed at the cremation ground in Jubilee Hills here on Tuesday.

K. Madhusudhana Sastry performed the last rites of his son as some of the mourners including the techie’s friends were seen carrying placards with slogans like “down with racism”.

Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, Bharatiya Janata Party General Secretary Muralidhar Rao, other leaders from the BJP, TRS and other parties, and actor couple Jeevitha and Rajasekhar paid their last respects.

The body was brought from Kuchibhotla’s house in Bachupally, on the city’s outskirts.
As his final journey began, the engineer’s parents were inconsolable while his wife Sunayana Dumala, who arrived with the mortal remains on Monday night, broke down as she had his last glimpse.

The body was brought by a cargo flight while Sunayana, her brother, sister-in-law and another relative reached by a passenger flight.

Mourners poured in at his residence through the night and Tuesday morning to pay their last respects.

Kuchibhotla, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton, a white man who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar and Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on February 22.

Purinton got into an argument with the two and hurled racial slurs. He yelled “get out of my country”, “terrorist” before shooting them.

Kuchibhotla of Hyderabad and his colleague Madasani from Warangal district in Telangana were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin, an MNC. (IANS)

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Indian Techie Discovers a Bug in Uber, Bags Rs 4.6 Lakh Reward

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past

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Photo shows an exterior view of the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. (VOA)

Ride-hailing giant Uber that recently fixed a hacking bug found by Bengaluru-based cybersecurity researcher Anand Prakash which allowed hackers to log into anyone’s Uber account, and paid him $6,500 (nearly Rs 4.6 lakh) as reward.

The bug was an account-takeover-vulnerability on Uber that allowed attackers to take over any other user’s Uber account, including those of partners and Uber Eats users, inc42 reported.

As per media report, the bug was present in the API request function of the Uber app.

According to Uber, the bug was immediately fixed through the company’s bug bounty programme. It also said that over $2 million was paid to more than 600 researchers around the world, including Indian researchers.

Prakash had earlier removed a bug in Uber, by taking advantage of which anyone could travel for free for a lifetime in an Uber cab.

He started his career as a security engineer in Flipkart in 2014.

Uber app.

In 2016, he founded AppSecure, a cyber security startup.

Prakash has been featured in the Forbes’ “30 under 30 Asia” list.

In 2015, Facebook awarded him $15,000 as bounty for logging in without an account.

A graduate in computer science from Vellore Institute of Technology, Chennai, he also received $5,000 from Uber for booking a free ride and $4,700 from Tinder.

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Prakash has worked with the Bengaluru-based foodtech startup Freshmenu to make their platform secure.

He has also participated in bug bounties for GitHub, Nokia, Soundcloud, Dropbox and PayPal in the past. (IANS)