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Noida cops hunt for India's smartest hackers

Shashank Shekhar, Hindustan Times  Noida, September 03, 2012
First Published: 14:09 IST(3/9/2012) | Last Updated: 14:21 IST(3/9/2012)

The Noida police’s cyber cell has started a hunt to nab India’s smartest hackers, associated with hacking group indishell. On Saturday, two persons were arrested for allegedly duping a Delhi-based company of Rs. 50 lakh.

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The accused have been identified as Sumit Gupta, 24, and Ankit Singh, 22. They allegedly got control over server of online mobile recharge website www.freecharge.in. They used it to recharge mobile phones without paying the website owner. They earned so much profit, using it, that they have opened mobile phone shops in Moradabad, UP.

The police have traced their links to various online frauds committed in the city.

“Manmohan alias MAC, Ajay Dhaka alias Dark Look, Raman Kumar Rana alias Google Warrior and Shrinivas Fakirpuri alias Neo are members of indishell. Claiming themselves to be ethical hackers, they said they have been carrying out attacks against Pakistani hackers for years. But these hackers have started making money. We have ascertained their involvement in various fraud cases in Noida,” said Triveni Singh, deputy superintendent of police and head of cyber crime cell.

While cyber crime experts feel indishell group members have spilt. “Indishell projects itself as patriotic group, which replies to every Pakistani hacker attack. They have hacked hundreds of Pakistani websites, after the latter hacked CBI’s and other Indian sites on historically important dates. But this case shows that the group has split and some of its members have started making money, using their skills. Even the Indian m-commerce websites should carry out their regular security audits to be safe from such frauds,” said Utsav Mittal, CEO, Xiarch Solutions, an information security auditing firm.

“Ajay Dhaka has conducted various hacking workshops and was involved in e-commerce companies in Noida. Google had filed a complaint against a company, Royal E-Kutir, which has opened another firm ‘Google Enterprises Private Limited’ at A-block in Sector 10. Our investigation shows that Dhaka was a partner in the company. After the FIR was registered, the company closed down and all its senior officials are at large,” said Singh.

The police have created profiles of these hackers and have asked their details from Google, Facebook and internet service provider to locate them.


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