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Pune techie arrested for hacking 900 email accounts

With inputs from enforcement authorities of three countries, including Unites States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the CBI on Friday arrested a Pune-based computer engineer.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2014 00:45 IST
Hindustan Times

With inputs from enforcement authorities of three countries, including Unites States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the CBI on Friday arrested a Pune-based computer engineer.



He allegedly hacked over 900 email accounts — including 171 belonging to Indians — and provided their access to his clients during February 2011 to February 2013.

According to a CBI source, the accused, Amit Vikram Tiwari, allegedly ran two websites — www.hirehacker.net and www. anonymity.net — to advertise his services, and charged clients between $250 to $500 for each assignment entailing the provision of an email account’s password and access to its content.

"The accused claimed that some persons connected to a 20-20-cricket tournament in India had also contacted him for his services, but the deal negotiations broke down over a payment dispute," said the source.

First Published: Jan 25, 2014 00:43 IST