Data of more than one lakh members of a well-known club was recently hacked and sold for a meagre amount. The entire issue came to be known after a few members received emails and messages from unknown contacts claiming to have floated the information online for Rs 19,999.
A complaint of data theft was booked at Kasarvadavali police station by a software solution company that was in charge of keeping the club’s information safe. The information included members’ names, mobile numbers, email IDs, and their business classification. The police have registered the case in order to investigate the complaint.
The complainant firm is in the business of software and data security. It has been handling the club’s information since 2014.
It was on July 28, that the 52year old owner of the firm received information that emails and Whatsapp messages were being circulated to a few of the club members, saying that data of above one lakh members had been hacked and made public. The complainant had tried to reach the senders via email as well as on Whatsapp but all in vain. More complaints were received on August 8 as well.
A case has been registered by the police under sections 420 (cheating and dishonesty inducing delivery of property) and 511 attempt to commit offenses punishable with imprisonment for life or other imprisonment ) of the Indian Penal Code and section 66B (dishonestly receiving stolen computer resource or communication device) of the Information Technology Act.
The police are also investigatingthe details of the email and the phone numbers given by the complainant to get more leads about the culprits.