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‘Mobile phones being hacked across country,a tough nut to crack’

The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell is groping in the dark about the unidentified persons who hacked the mobile phones of four residents and used them to make international calls.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell is groping in the dark about the unidentified persons who hacked the mobile phones of four residents and used them to make international calls.

The cyber cell officials are reported to have asked for the hacked handsets from the complainants for investigations. The complainants,however,are refraining from handing over their sets and only one of them has deposited his handset. “We are examining the handset and trying to make out how did the hacker manage to make a breakthrough. It is a difficult task and still we are trying to make a headway,” an investigation cell official said.

The officials said investigations revealed the hackers send a virus on Trojan (carrier) and infected the mobiles either through activated bluetooth or SMS. They take control of the target phone and access all the data of the phone. Even the calls which hacker makes get registered in the dialing list of the target phone.

“All the four phones had bluetooth. The victims must have kept the bluetooth activated during which the hacker managed to hack the phone and made calls to African countries,especially Bulgaria. People should keep the bluetooth inactivated if not required,” official said.

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Officials said service providers will be involved in the case to make a breakthrough. “Several cases of this nature taking place in every part of the country. The police from different states are trying hard to tackle the menace. Even specialised cyber crime investigations cells with different intelligence and investigation agencies are trying to crack the nut,” an official said.

Vivek Kohli,a resident of Sector 44,had alleged that his service provider had informed him about the international calls worth Rs 8,144 he had made. “I had never made any calls,” Kohli had told the police. Jagpreet Singh,a clerk with 13th battalion of the Chandigarh police,also became an unsuspecting victim when his daughter was being treated at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 on January 31 and February 1. An unidentified person made calls worth Rs 8,000 from his phone. Three international calls were also made from the phone of Monika Johar,a resident of Sector 45 on March 15 and 16.

First published on: 16-04-2009 at 12:26:57 am
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