A 19-year-old Odisha boy hacked into a Hyderabad-based company, causing a loss of Rs 60 lakh by facilitating people make free telephone calls. He, however, landed in the police dragnet.
According to a report by The Times of India, Himalaya Mohanty of Balasore district in Odisha hacked the EPABX toll-free number of Lloyd Electricals and Engineering Ltd in Hyderabad. He enabled the option of outgoing facility by hacking into the system. He uploaded the link of Lloyd along with a code on a website of him, which a user has to enter after dialling the toll-free number and followed by the number the person intends to call.
In November, Lloyd company had received a whopping Rs 60 lakh telephone bill for the toll-free number, which they operate for their customers, against the usual Rs 1 lakh per month.
Based on various forensic tests, cyber crime police located the IP address to a remote village in Balasore in Odisha and they picked up Mohanty. On questioning, he narrated the whole modus operandi besides his hacking journey.
According to police, Mohanty, pursing ITI, who is not even fluent in English, learnt the skill of hacking through various online websites and can hack Wi-Fi routers, emails, Facebook accounts and mobiles.