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Science graduate, aged 21, was arrested for hacking gmail account and then seeking Ransom


A science graduate, aged 21, was arrested on Sunday (i.e. on January 6, 2019) in Auraiya district for hacking gmail account of a youth and then blackmailing him to pay ransom amount of INR 30,000. Auraiya is a district in Indian state of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). It lies on south-western side of U.P., and also is a part of Kanpur Division.


The miscreant, who was arrested, was named as Suraj. Suraj has been arrested from his Dayalpur home of Auraiya district based on the surveillance. Police has also recovered a laptop and two mobile phones from his possession.


As per the police, Suraj has randomly selected a mobile phone number from his friend's Whats App group. His friend's name is Hyatt. Auraiya SP, Triveni Singh, said that "Suraj first hacked the Facebook password of that number's owner which unfortunately was the phone number and then simultaneous accessed his gmail account. Later, he surfed through the gmail account and in the google drive found objectionable photos of the owner with a girl".


In order to get benefit from those photographs, Suraj created a US virtual number which is available freely by the service providers. Then by using that virtual number, Suraj has contacted the victim and ask him to pay ransom amount on January 1, 2019.


On the first instance, the victim thought it was a prank by someone and thus ignored the call. However, when the victim was again contacted for the second time and has been threatened, he got scared. The victim was threatened that all his objectionable photographs with the girl will be sent to the father and sister of the victim, in case the ransom amount is not paid. Soon after, the victim informed his parents due to fear and then approached police on January 3, 2019.


The SP of Auraiya also added that Suraj has been traced by the IP address that he used for login on the victim's facebook id. Triveni Singh further added that, as a precautionary measure, the users must not keep the password of mobile phones same as the password of their facebook and gmail accounts.


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