Two Indian Hackers arrested for hacking cell recharge site

Two Indian Hackers arrested for hacking cell recharge site
Two Indian Hackers arrested for hacking cell recharge site

NOIDA: Two members of the hacker group, "Indishell", and its offshoots were arrested on Saturday after an extensive investigation by the Gautam Budh Nagar cyber crime cell. The accused, who did BTech in computer science, were charged with hacking into an e-commerce website that specializes in mobile recharge. Cops said four members of the gang with pan-India operations were at large.

The hackers have cheated a Delhi-based company of more than Rs 50 lakh, police said. The accused, Sumit Gupta (24) and Ankit Singh (22), are from Moradabad in UP, and are considered one of the "most sophisticated hackers in the country". They were arrested from Noida and booked under Sections 420 of the IPC and 66C of the IT Act, 2008.

"We received a complaint from the head of recharge of Memory Electronics Pvt Ltd about the website being hacked," said Triveni Singh, DSP (cyber crime cell) GB Nagar.

The IP address used by the hackers was located in Sector 62 of Noida. Cops then zeroed in on the duo, allegedly involved in scores of hacking cases. To siphon off the money, the hackers would bypass the cc avenue payment gateway, cops said. "After hacking into the server, the accused obtained administrative rights of the website. when users asked for recharge of their cellphones, DTH cards, net cards, etc, the hackers would just key in the cell number and the amount to be topped up. However, no bill would be generated as the hackers had bypassed the payment page," Triveni said.

"This way the recharge company would be debited every time without a bill, leading to losses worth several lakhs," the DSP said.

The other accused who are yet to be arrested are also BTech graduates from across India. "Shrinivas, facebook name 'neo', is from Kohlapur in Maharashtra; Ajay Dhaka, alias dark look, is from Jaipur; Raman Kumar Rana, facebook name 'google warrior', is a resident of Pathankot; and Manmohan, alias 'mack', is from Muradabad," Triveni said.

"We have found that Shrinivas is the founder and president of a cyber security and anti-hacking organization. But now he is involved in hacking himself and has made a business out of it," Triveni said.