Looks like India has them moving into the hacking scene young, it’ll happen anywhere with decent network infrastructure and disparate levels of economy. Look at Eastern Europe and China as other examples, India though due to it’s outsourcing culture and plentiful legitimate jobs in the IT industry doesn’t seem to suffer so many problems with hacking.
I guess things might change though with the USD weakening and the World economy slowing down.
His face is cherubic and his mannerisms childish. But, when he talks to police officials, they find it hard to catch up with this whiz-kid. Ajay (16) is a perfect example of what parents should watch out for when they encourage their children to use computers. Being a teenager from a modest background, he wanted to achieve all the good things in life – right from the latest gadgets to a lavish lifestyle.
“His knowledge of the codes and payment gateways is as good as that of a professional hacker,” said a senior crime branch official who has been interrogating this teenager picked up from Mulund in Mumbai, involved in an online payment scam on eBay.
I don’t remember what exactly I was doing at 16 but I think it had something to do with BBS and was fairly advanced, it’s not a large leap of imagination for a 16 year-old to be doing these kind of things.
Paypal and eBay scams/fraud are pretty high on the list now as they are easy to pass off and you can just spend the money back online to buy the latest fashion items or gadgets which makes it very hard to trace.
Ajay was happy with the progress he was making in life and told the police he did not want to pursue college education as “it was useless for earning money”.
His life changed when he came in contact online with bigger hackers five months ago. He started visiting the forums meant for international hackers. One of the international sites with the tagline ‘We move the world to free’ attracted him. It was a gateway to a heaven where the CVV (customer verification value) numbers and personal details were available for a very cheap price.
The same website was being used by his Ahmedabad-based links for dealing on PayPal — a payment gateway — to purchase goods using someone else’s credit card number and bank account. Ajay used it wisely and never raised an alarm. He blames his ‘amateur’ associates of Ahmedabad for landing the whole gang in the police net.
It just shows, be very careful with your CVV number and be careful when using services like Paypal and eBay – sadly once again I think those reading here already are careful so it’s not the target audience for education.
Perhaps you can tell your friends and relatives they might be funding a 16 year olds haircut at Toni and Guy!
Source: Times of India – Thanks to Navin.
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