Thursday, September 26

CA student hacked Sachin, SRK, Salman and Dhoni’s tax account - ToI

Less than a fortnight after the Mumbai Crime Branch booked a Hyderabad-based chartered accountancy student for hacking Income Tax returns account of industrialist Anil Ambani, a case has been filed against another CA student, this time from Noida, for breaking into I-T accounts of Bollywood bigwigs Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan and cricket stars Sachin Tendulkar and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

The cops stumbled upon the second breach while investigating the Hyderabad case because the Noida student - identified as Sanchit K, 22 - too had accessed Ambani's account. "We found out that the account was accessed from two places - Hyderabad and Noida. Our investigation led us to the girl from Chikkadpally.When we asked her,she denied she had accessed the account from Noida, or for that matter knew anybody there. We, therefore, realised that one more person had hacked the account," Senior Inspector Mukund Pawar, incharge of the Cyber Crime Cell, told TOI on Wednesday.

Sanchit,son of a small trader,has told investigators that he hacked the accounts out of curiosity. Unlike the Hyderabad-based CA student,who had downloaded Ambani's I-T returns, he merely skimmed through Shah Rukh, Salman, Sachin and Dhoni's accounts. Joint Commissioner of Police(crime) Himanshu Roy said the two cases have highlighted the fragility of the I-T portal.

Sanchit was booked by the Cyber Crime Cell after his computer and hard disks were seized from Vishal Kaushal Company, an accountancy firm in Noida, where he was doing his articleship. Sanchit was not arrested.

The Hyderabad-based girl too was doing her articleship with an accountancy firm -- Manoj Daga & Company. The Cyber Crime Cell found on her computer details of the returns filed by Ambani over the past few years. Sanchit accessed Ambani's I-T details on June 22 and June 26 after requesting that a new password be sent on his email account. He accessed Shah Rukh and Salman's accounts on June 22, Dhoni's on June 24 and 28, and Sachin's account on July 4. His modus operandi was identical on each occasion. In all five cases, the Cyber Crime Cell has now recorded statements of people responsible for handling the accounts.

Meanwhile, the Crime Branch has summoned Income Tax department officers responsible for the portal's upkeep to record their statements and also to impress upon them the importance of beefing up the web site's security.

Source - Times of India


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