Hacker wanted by FBI arrested

The Extradition Cell of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch arrested Nikhil Kolbekar,a Navi Mumbai resident,wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Written by Express News Service | Mumbai | Published: July 13, 2012 2:31 am

The Extradition Cell of the Mumbai Police Crime Branch on Wednesday arrested Nikhil Kolbekar (29),a Navi Mumbai resident,wanted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the US,on charges of hacking and password trafficking.

Produced before the Esplanade Court on Thursday and,Kolbekar has been remanded in judicial custody. He will be produced before the Delhi Patiala House court on July 25,with the US pressing for his extradition.

Crime Branch sources said Kolbekar had completed a course in hotel management but was unable to find a job with good prospects for around two years after he graduated,and allegedly began visiting illegal hacker forums on the Internet and learning hacking techniques.

“After completing his hotel management course,Kolbekar could not get a good job and began visiting hacker forums… he picked up hacking skills and hacking tools from them and began operating an illegal website for purchase and sale of items. He then came under the scanner of the FBI,who blocked the site and began monitoring his online activities closely,” said a Crime Branch officer.

“What landed Kolbekar in serious trouble was that he used to trade in remote desktop protocol. This allowed for confidential information pertaining to identity and passwords being hacked and sold.

The FBI registered a case against him in March 2010,and a letter rogatory was subsequently issued by a US court for investigations in India,” said the officer.

HACK STORY

Nikhil Kolbekar had completed a course in hotel management but was unable to find a job with good prospects for around two years

He allegedly began visiting illegal hacker forums on the Internet and learning hacking techniques

He began operating an illegal website and came under the scanner of the FBI,who blocked the site and began monitoring his online activities

The FBI registered a case against him in March 2010,and a letter rogatory was subsequently issued by a US court for investigations in India

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