LUCKNOW: A team of three data analysts with a Delhi-based firm, who wanted to live life king-size and had demanded five bitcoins as extortion after hacking the personal data of a senior IAS officer, were arrested on Sunday. The accused thought that they would get away as the fraud was committed in bitcoins.
The miscreants were identified as Amit Pratap Singh of Utretiya, Rajnish Nigam of Vrindavan Colony and Hardik Khanna of Gomtinagar, all having passed the course of master’s in computer application from a private institute in NCR. They were arrested from Gomtinagar based on electronic surveillance and human intelligence.
Police inspector of cyber cell, Ajit Yadav, said that the accused were struggling to make a livelihood and were not being paid as they had imagined after pursuing studies so made a nefarious design.
“They confessed to their crime and said they got the mail ID of the IAS officer when they were browsing government websites. They said they stole the data stored on the cloud of the victim’s mail through sending a mail via ([email protected]) which hacked the email account and cloud account of the officer and they gained access,” said Yadav.
They said they initially withdrew money from the victim’s credit card and then they morphed the photos they had stolen from the cloud and sent to the victim demanding five bitcoins (Rs 80 lakh) in a wallet,” said Yadav.
Yadav said that as per the statement of the accused, so far this happens to be their first attempt at any crime.
“But we are scrutinising their accounts and the trade the trio did via bitcoins,” he added.
The senior IAS officer was duped of Rs 50,000 by cyber scammers who had threatened with extortion last month on November 21. The bureaucrat had stated that he received messages of five transactions on his credit card amounting to Rs 50,000 on November 21. Later, he got a demand of extortion in cryptocurrency, preferably bitcoins, and if not paid then he was threatened with hacking of all his accounts.

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