Indian law enforcement agency, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), has arrested Amit Tiwari, an engineering dropout and the son of a former Indian Army colonel, for hacking into hundreds of email accounts from across the world. This is the first arrest made by the Indian law enforcement agency for hacking.
The arrest was made based on tip-off from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Amit Vikram Tiwari, 33, ran two websites hirehacker.net and anonymiti.com, hosted in the US, that offered hacking into email accounts as a service for a fee ranging between $250-$500.
According to the FBI, he had hacked into more than 1,000 accounts from around the world.
This is not the first time Amit has been arrested for hacking. Back in 2003, Amit, then 23, was arrested by the Mumbai police for hacking and defrauding a credit card processing company for a sum of Rs. 9 lakhs.
As a part of this bust the CBI has also raided multiple locations in Mumbai, Pune and Ghaziabad in search of other cyber criminals.
Recently the anti-piracy cell of Kerala state police arrested a teenager who allegedly shared ‘Drishyam’, a movie starring Malayalam superstar Mohanlal on Facebook.