The CBI on Friday conducted simultaneous raids in Pune, Ghaziabad & Mumbai in a coordinated crack down on global hacking group. The raids were held in India, China, Romania and the US after tip-off from FBI.
The CBI arrested 32-year old hacker, identified as Amit Vikram Tiwari, a native of Lukhnow, from Pune after some crucial inputs from FBI. It is suspected that Amit Vikram Tiwari is the main hacker in India of this hacking ring. Sources said Tiwari was allegedly working for his clients through two web sites– www.hirehacker.net and www.anonymiti.com offering services of illegally accessing passwords of email accounts in exchange for a fee varying from USD 250-500. The customers desirous to get unauthorized access, submitted e-mail accounts to these websites. Upon receipt of the order, as well as the e-mail addresses, the website operators gained access to such e-mail accounts and sent a proof of such access to the customers. On receipt of payment from Customers these website operators shared the password with the customers,” said CBI Spokesperson Kanchan Prasad. Two cases have been registered against Tiwari and other unknown persons for offences under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 379 (theft) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and other relevant sections of the Information Technology Act.
CBI claimed that Tiwari had allegedly hacked into 900 email accounts including 171 from India in a very short span. Tiwari was earlier arrested by Mumbai Police in 2003 for trying to defraud a Mumbai based credit card processing company, CCAvenue.
CBI is also investigating the IPL connection after reports came that people connected to the IPL had approached Tiwari for hacking into some accounts but they reportedly had a dispute over money after which work was not reportedly completed.
Cyber Crimes are on an increase in the country. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, cyber crimes in the country have increased by 57.11 per cent with 549 cases registered under cyber forgery and fraud.