New Delhi: A few days back, an Indore police probe revealed how on the dark web bank accounts numbers were on sale for Rs 500. This was a module that was being run by a Pakistani in which bank account numbers, email ids and phone numbers were up for sale.
With the threat of the Pakistanis looming large on the net, India has decided to put in place a mechanism to counter this menace. The government will set up a new tri-service agency for cyber warfare.
The Defence Cyber Agency will now coordinate with the national Cyber Security Advisor. There would be more than 1,000 experts and the new agency will have both defensive and offensive capabilities.
An IIT Kanpur study shared with Parliament’s Committee on Finance this year said attacks from the ‘Equation group’ which a WikiLeaks reports said was a clandestine CIA and NSA program infected India’s telecom and military sectors and research institutes.
Intelligence Bureau officials say that there are several micro modules that are being run by the Pakistan Cyber Army. The one busted in Indore, Madhya Pradesh was just one among the many.
In Indore the cops discovered this after it busted the operations of an international gang being run by a Pakistan national which operated out of Lahore. The case came to light when a detective posed as a customer and purchased the debit card details of an Indore based woman in exchange for bitcoins.
This triggered the probe which led to the arrest of two gang members. It was also revealed by a victim that Rs 72,401 was debited from his credit card on August 28.
It was revealed that two persons Rajkumar Pillai and Ramprasad Nadar had used the card to purchase air tickets. While Pillai was a former employee with a US-based IT firm, Nadar was employed with a bank. During the interrogation, the duo revealed to the cops that they used the card details only on international websites where an OTP was not required.