Crime Department officers stated a gaggle of Nigerians had allegedly hacked Pattnaik’s WhatsApp account on November 9 and defrauded his contacts by sending them misery messages and demanding cash for his therapy. A few of Pattnaik’s shut contacts – all IT professionals – had transferred round Rs 7 lakh to the hackers’ accounts.
On November 1, the Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Op (IFSO) unit of Delhi Police arrested Chimelum Emmanuel Aniwetalu alias Maurice, a Nigerian, for allegedly operating a syndicate of hacking actions. On Saturday, Maurice’s confederate, Okwudiri Paschal (40), was arrested.
“We have now requested Delhi Police to share the modus operandi of the Nigerian nationals and listing of the victims. The financial institution accounts, shared by the hacker to obtain cash from Pattnaik’s contacts, have been shared with the Delhi Police that arrested the group’s mastermind, additionally a Nigerian, on November 1,” extra director common of police (crime department) Sanjeeb Panda stated.
The Crime Department suspects that Paschal is concerned in Pattnaik’s WhatsApp hacking case. “As per our investigation, the financial institution accounts that acquired cash from Pattnaik’s contacts are in Bengaluru. Paschal’s modus operandi is much like the one reported in our state,” one other Crime Department official stated.
Within the wake of the hacking incident, the E&IT division, Crime Department and SPs have launched consciousness campaigns, sensitising individuals on faux WhatsApp calls and messages. Hackers goal victims through WhatsApp name or suspicious hyperlink on social media, SMS, WhatsApp. By adopting precautionary measures, hackers may be saved at bay with out uninstalling the app, against the law department message learn.