16 Year Old Indian Hacker Busted for eBay Scam

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 IndiaThanks to Navin.

Posted in: Legal Issues, Spammers & Scammers

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17 Responses to 16 Year Old Indian Hacker Busted for eBay Scam

  1. Navin June 17, 2008 at 3:06 pm #


  2. chevalier3as June 17, 2008 at 5:21 pm #

    I’m really curious! how did in heck did he get caught !!
    I’ve heard a lot about Russian, Chinese Moroccan hackers, but never Indian ones, though they have some really good security experts, like the vbootkit guys, during the last year black hat conference!

  3. Navin June 17, 2008 at 11:24 pm #

    Yeah chevalier3as, the boot loader that got around Vista’s code-signing was by Indian’s -Nitin and Vipin Kumar of NV labs

    frankly, the thing is that in India, there’s no such thing as cyber laws!! Even though there is are cyber-crime cells in the police, most of them spend their day playing minesweeper!!(they don’t know abt hacking for nuts, ask them what ARP is and they’ll probably say american rat poison!!)

    So youngsters are able to get online and without supervision they get into trouble!! Here it wasn’t his mistake but his partner whose laptop revealed the scam…The kingpin’s laptop was found to be completely clean (or so the “police” has claimed)

    Try to read abt Ankit Fadia, who inspired many Indians to take up hacking( evn though many claim he simply used techniques freely available on the net)

  4. yom kiss June 20, 2008 at 2:03 am #

    cheers, we indians are getting up in light, shining brighter.


  5. grav June 25, 2008 at 9:17 pm #

    According to the article, it seems like he just bought on of the CVV’s and the accompanying personal info and just plugged in the “correct values.”

    Please correct me if I am wrong.

  6. lyz August 13, 2008 at 11:25 am #

    Thing here is… somebody is just using this kid. Indians should start working on their cyber laws before its too late.

  7. Navin August 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm #

    As an Indian (and a proud one @ that)….. I totally agree…..

  8. lyz August 13, 2008 at 2:24 pm #

    Here in our country, we had a certain hacker that defaced a government website and was caught and convicted.

  9. Navin August 13, 2008 at 2:39 pm #

    and which country is tht?? The US??

    In india, government websites get dafaced on a regular basis….the government blames Turkey, CHina, ROmania etc etc….but simple Follow-The-Trail leads to Mumbai which is nowhere near anyof the mentioned countries :)

  10. lyz August 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm #

    Am from the Philippines.

    Same thing here. Government websites in all places are one of the most targeted by this hackers.

  11. NEO August 30, 2008 at 7:31 am #

    It is must for security issue. Much hacking is the only way to design a secure system. I’ve been designing a security glitch and I am supposing to test it from HACKERS. I think it is the only solution for hybrid security…NEO

  12. Navin August 30, 2008 at 7:53 am #

    @ Neo, hacking by itself is not illegal…..only when U hack into a server widout prior permission tht U get into trouble. Nowadays server admins are more open towards allowing people to test the security of their servers than in the past….but stealing data/frauding data etc are all definitely punishable offences

  13. lyz August 30, 2008 at 12:12 pm #

    and shall be punished by a thing called the “cyber law”

  14. emmason December 23, 2008 at 5:30 pm #

    hi am emmason by name and looking for a good hacker to work with i need Abbey login london if you can hack it mail me on emmason20032002@yahoo.com and please bi fast if you have it come let’s do business ok?

  15. Bogwitch December 23, 2008 at 5:35 pm #

    Wouldn’t that affect your potential career as a professional footballer?



  16. navin December 23, 2008 at 6:57 pm #



    Good one bogwitch!!

  17. Vicky Verma February 24, 2009 at 9:53 am #

    I think that child is really a foolish guy.
    If he really have the knowlage about hacking then why he dont use it for his country?

    M also 16 year old and i also have a lot of hacking tips, but my aim is to do something for my country.
    After all India Is The Best.