Paytm account hacked, Rs 2.86 lakhs siphoned off



After Cosmos Bank hacking of Rs 94 crores, a businessman from Kondhwa has registered a case with Pune city police alleging that Rs 2.86 lakhs was transferred after hacking Paytm accounts.

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Arif Jabbar Bakali (37), a telecom distributor, has lodged FIR with Kondhwa police station against eight unidentified mobile phone number owners.

According to police, the incident took place between 7.06 amand 9.59 am on May 26 this year. Bakali is engaged in mobile phone recharge, money transfer on commission. His ICICI bank account is linked to software given by a private company, which gives him amount for phone recharge. The accused Paytm number owners hacked the software and transferred Rs 2.86 lakhs.

Police have booked the accused persons for offences under section 420 (cheating) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections Information Technology Act.

Last week, In a major security breach at Cosmos Bank, unidentified persons hacked it’s server and transferred Rs 94.42 crores and withdrawn them. Bank officials said there was malware attack.

According to police, the ATM switch (server) located at Cosmos Bank head office on Ganeshkhind road was hacked between 3 pm to 10 pm on August 11. The hackers had stolen information of Visa and RuPay debit cardholders. In 12,000 transactions of Visa card they transferred Rs 78 crores out of India. Similarly, in 2849 transactions of RuPay card holders, Rs 2.5 crores was transferred within India.

Again on August 13 around 11.30 am, Rs 13.92 crores were transferred to ALM Trading Limited account in Hong Kong bank through SWIFT transaction.

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The hackers have withdrawn all money transferred from Cosmos Bank. Based on complaint from bank official Suhas Gokhale (53), an FIR has been registered with Chatushrungi police station against unidentified persons and ALM Trading for offences under sections 420 (cheating), 379 (theft), 120b (criminal conspiracy), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of Information Technology (IT) Act.

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