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Mumbai: 17-year-old CA aspirant hacks into system of coffee shop chain, transfers customers' credit across nation

Free press Journal 11/27/2020

Mumbai: 17-year-old CA aspirant hacks into system of coffee shop chain, transfers customers' credit across nation View pictures in App save up to 80% data.

Police checked the CCTV camera footage, the computer which was hacked into and learned that credit was transferred from other customer's gift card and they traced the Internet Protocol (IP) address of the accused to Orissa. The investigation revealed that the accused had bounced the IP address and was later traced to a 17-year-old youth, who had hacked into the coffee shop's account to transfer credit. The accused teenager, who had scored a decent percentage in standard 10 and appeared for his standard 12 examination, was preparing for the CA examination when he hacked into the system.

A senior cyber official said that the teenager had transferred the credit to treat his friends at a fancy coffee shop and show off, claiming that he had no criminal intent. The teen had concealed his identity on the internet to defraud people and had used fake SIM cards to register the gift cards, said DCP Cyber Rashmi Karandikar.

"The teen claimed to have learnt to hack the system using social media platforms and YouTube, while he also admitted of having knowledge of the Dark Web. He had used sophisticated hacking, leaving no traces to nab him. Since he is a minor, he was produced in a juvenile court, which chargesheeted him and ordered the teen to attend counseling with an NGO for two years and a bond of ₹15,000," said DCP Karandikar.

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