DIMAPUR, MARCH 10: Three computer programmers from Nagaland were arrested in Bengaluru on Wednesday for allegedly hacking the email ID of Karnataka’s former police chief and conning his friend of Rs 25,000.
According to an IANS report, Bengaluru Police identified the arrested persons as Thia Samong (31 years), Seropa Sesai (27) and Esther Konyak aka Rubika (28).
The police said the accused had operated more than 60 accounts in various banks and a large number of documents–rent agreements, Aadhaar cards and PAN cards were recovered from them.
The police added that the accused were not only experts in hacking websites but had also floated a fake human resources company to lure unemployed youth from the Northeast states, the report stated.
As per the police, the accused persons had come in contact with two persons, James and Peter, on social media sites like Facebook and carried out the phishing attack under the duo’s guidance. Presently, James and Peter are on the run.
Deputy Commissioner of Police, (South-East Division) Sreenath Joshi told reporters that Rubika used to be the face of the racket. Showing her as the employment officer in high profile companies, Thia and Seropa used to collect documents such as Aadhaar cards and PAN cards from gullible unemployed youth in Nagaland and other Northeast states, which were used for opening bank accounts in Bengaluru.
The police said that after carrying out the attack, the accused persons used to transfer money into different accounts. “Their modus operandi was simple, hacking well-known personalities’ email or social media site IDs. They also used to create fake profiles on social media sites, then they used to seek financial help from the friends of these personalities. Thinking that their ‘VIP friend’ is in trouble, most of them used to transfer money,” the police explained.
The network came to light after former Karnataka DG and IGP Shankar Bidari became the victim of a phishing attack and lodged a complaint in this regard last month. (Page News Service)