Delhi Police has busted a module of cyber criminals and arrested three people, including a highly proficient hacker, who used to hack social media accounts of people, and cheat their friends and family members.
The three accused have been identified as Abhishek alias Ravan, who was the mastermind in hacking social media accounts, Deepak Panchal and Sumit Panwar.
Furnishing details about the module, Gaurav Sharma, Deputy Commissioner of Police (south-west district), said that on December 25, a complaint was received at National Cyber Crime Reporting portal wherein a complainant reported that her Instagram ID has been hacked by some unknown person.
The accused have also changed her registered email ID and mobile number of her Instagram account and sent money requests to her friends.
Subsequently, the police registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code and the IT Act, and an investigation was initiated.
A police team was constituted which obtained details from PayTm regarding the PayTm wallet wherein the amount was transferred by the friends of the complainant.
Following this, the police identified a suspect Deepak Panchal and apprehended him. He disclosed that his friend Sumit got issued one Vodafone Idea SIM card on his ID and further asked him to open one PayTm account using the card. Sumit further gave the SIM card to his friend Abhishek.
Subsequently at Deepak’s insistence, co-accused Sumit Kumar Panwar and Abhishek were apprehended, the police said, adding that during interrogation, Sumit disclosed that his friend Abhishek was the mastermind.
The accused Abhishek was well-versed in hacking social media accounts and has hacked dozens of Instagram accounts and defrauded lakhs of rupees from the people.