Thursday, 29 December 2011

Himachal police bust ATM hackers’ gang


DHARAMSHALA: Himachal Police have busted an interstate gang involved in cyber crime, with the arrest of three persons who were caught red-handed while trying to hack an ATM in Hamirpur.


“Three members of the gang, Shekar, 30, from Delhi,Puran Singh, 32, and Hetam , 28, both from Shimla have been caught by the police. The gang comprises 5 to 6 people, while 2 are from Shimla district, the rest are from Delhi. They are suspected to have been involved in various ATM hackings in North India. We are looking at uncovering a major scam of ATM hackings, following the arrest of these three gang members,” disclosed ASP Sanjeev Gandhi on Saturday, who is investigating the case.
He said that the department received the first complaint from PNB Bank officials at Palampur police station saying that money of some of the ATM users had been fraudulently withdrawn. “Acting on their complaint, we looked into the CCTV footage of 38 hours and found the videos of the culprits,” he said.
After caring out search operations and piecing together the complaints received from different banks, the police department nabbed three of the gang members from the kiosk of the SBI ATM in Hamirpur where they had already stolen Rs 15,000 and were preparing to withdraw more, told Gandhi.
Cautioning ATM users, the ASP said that one should not use the ATMs which had hanged and if the machine was hanging after inserting the ATM card then one should check his account balance duly.
The ASP said that the hackers knew various techniques of committing cyber crime. “For hacking ATMs, they used steel pins with fluid and tape of special kind,” he said.
“Search operations have been intensified on clues given by the arrested people, while one CIA team has already left for Delhi to arrest the rest of the gang members,” said Gandhi.
One of the ATM hackers, Pooran Singh told TOI that he was taught about hacking by a Delhi-based boy who lives in Janakpuri. “I only have Rs 18,000 and the rest of the amount is with him,” he said.

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