In India Inc, it could be the most high-profile case yet of an attempt to hack email. The Mumbai police are investigating if the official email of Anil Ambani, group chairman of the Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG), was hacked last month. The probe began after the group lodged a complaint with the police.
An ADAG official familiar with the developments, who did not wish to be named, said there had been only an attempt at hacking. “There was no security breach and no loss of data,” the official said. When contacted, ADAG declined to comment.
On May 8, Ambani received an email apparently sent by an India-based reporter of a global newswire service, Bloomberg. When the corporate communications department of the company got in touch with the reporter, it emerged that the reporter had not sent any such mail.
The official said the hackers sent the mail from an ID on the Bloomberg.tv domain. The wire service uses the Bloomberg-.net domain for its email service. “This was clearly done with the intention of hacking,” said the official. Generally, such emails have viruses that are a threat to data security.
Himanshu Roy, chief of Mumbai police’s crime branch, said, “Investigation is progressing. We are certain we will solve the case very soon.”