UT cyber cell tracks users behind Milkha's fake website to Delhi
Making headway in the fake website case related to legendary athlete Milkha Singh, the UT cyber cell has tracked down the fake users to Delhi. Still awaiting internet protocol (IP) log details for another account, police sources confirm that they are all set to make searches in Delhi.chandigarh Updated: Mar 11, 2014 10:50 IST
Making headway in the fake website case related to legendary athlete Milkha Singh, the UT cyber cell has tracked down the fake users to Delhi. Still awaiting internet protocol (IP) log details for another account, police sources confirm that they are all set to make searches in Delhi.
According to the complaint received by the cyber cell, a website titled milkhasingh.co.in had been registered without any knowledge and consent of the athlete. The website was posting content related to Milkha and had been earning by allowing people to post advertisements on the website. A fake Facebook profile of the athlete was also created, most likely by the same users that of the fake website.
As per the inquiry conducted by the cyber cell, the fake website mentioned an enquiry address as email@example.com, which was verified and found attached to firstname.lastname@example.org which was further attached to another email id, email@example.com. These were the email ids that were involved in brining traffic to the fake website on Milkha Singh's name.
The investigations further revealed that the IP logs being used were registered in the name of Netgains India Internet Pvt Ltd, Delhi.
Giving an insight into the case, UT cyber cell in-charge DSP Rajesh Kalia said, "We have collected a lot of relevant information in the case and have also been able to track down the origin from where this fake website was being operated. Investigations are still on, but we shall be starting with conducting searches in Delhi to further zero down on the fake user."
The police, however, are yet to ascertain whether there is just one or more users who had been operating this fake website. The police sources also confirm that the involvement of a company in the case cannot be ruled out. Now, what is awaited by the police is reply from TMO Software Pty Ltd where the website was registered.
"Both the fake website as well as the fake Facebook profile are now inactive, but we are reaching the users using the IP logs and email addresses used by them, said Kalia.
In mid-February, city-based lawyer Terminder Singh on behalf of Milkha Singh had filed a complaint at the public window at the Police Headquarters, Sector 9.
The complaint sought registration of a case under the Information Technology Act and sections 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security) and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unidentified persons who have created the fake website, milkhasingh.co.in.
The complaint also mentioned that the unidentified accused were well aware of the fact that the complainant was a renowned personality, for that reason they in a well-planned criminal conspiracy created the website in order to use Milkha's name to achieve financial gains and benefits for themselves.
Making headway in the fake website case related to legendary athlete Milkha Singh, the UT cyber cell has tracked down the fake users to Delhi.
First Published: Mar 11, 2014 10:39 IST