The police said during questioning of the suspect arrested for allegedly hacking more than 20 social media accounts, Arvind Singhal, it learnt the methods employed by him to break into the accounts. Singhal was apprehended on May 15 after a local astrologer, Sarvesh Sharma, filed a complaint with the police saying his Facebook page ID was hacked and misused for recharging mobile phones.
During his interrogation it emerged Singhal had hacked more than 20 Facebook IDs during the past six months.
Superintendent of police Sommaya Sambasivan said he first used to create a Facebook phishing page URL and send it to those whose ID he planned to hack in order to conduct fraudulent transactions.
"As soon as the user clicked on the URL the Facebook page appeared and asked for an ID and password. Later Singhal changed the user's ID and password," she added.
Sambasivan said Singhal used to hack the Facebook ID of those who were in the friends list of the hacked IDs. "He was using a Samsung mobile phone to conduct all the fraudulent transactions 17 cellular SIM cards have been recovered from his possession. Singhal used highly abusive language through the other people's IDs to tarnish their image, " she added.