Payment Gateway Company Reports Massive ₹16,180 Crore Cyber Theft
In a startling revelation, the Thane Police have exposed a massive cyber heist, with cybercriminals pilfering an astonishing ₹16,180 crore. This unprecedented cyber attack involved the breach of a payment gateway company's account, leading to the unauthorized siphoning of funds from various bank accounts. Shockingly, the cybercriminals executed this operation clandestinely over an extended period, leaving it undetected until recently.
The illicit activities came to light following a complaint lodged with the Srinagar police station in Thane, Maharashtra, reporting a hacking incident involving the payment gateway account in April 2023. The complainant alleged that ₹25 crore was illicitly diverted, as per officials from the Naupada police station.
In response to the complaint, the Naupada police initiated legal action by filing an FIR against a group of individuals, specifically naming Amol Andale, Sameer Dighe, Sanjay Singh, Jitendra Pandey, and an unidentified individual. They are facing a range of charges that involve breaches of different sections of the Indian Penal Code.
These charges encompass offenses such as cheating (Section 420), criminal breach of trust (Section 409), forgery (Sections 467 and 468), criminal conspiracy (Section 120B), and common intention (Section 34). Furthermore, they are also subject to legal provisions outlined in the Information Technology Act.
While the FIR has been formally lodged, there have been no apprehensions thus far. It's worth mentioning that one of the accused, Jitendra Pandey, brings with him significant prior experience, having worked as a relationship and sales manager in various banks for several years.
The police suspect that this extensive racket may involve multiple individuals and could have been ongoing for some time. The magnitude of the scam might not be limited to a single company or region, with potential pan-India repercussions affecting numerous companies and individuals and spanning thousands of bank accounts.
The investigation is progressing, with investigators discovering several counterfeit documents, as detailed in the FIR.