Unidentified Facebook hacker leaves Kailali cops perplexed

DHANGADHI: A month ago, Rabin Shrestha of Surkhet called Ratan Khati, a Wushu player from Dhangadhi, and informed that he had recharged the latter’s mobile account with Rs 2000. Khati jovially told Shrestha to stop pulling this prank on him.

Nearly a week later, another close friend of Khati, Rabin Maharjan rang to say he had recharged Khati’s account with Rs 1000, leaving a room for suspicions.

“Later, I found that my Facebook ID was breached and the hacker was duping people of recharge cards in my name,” Khati told THT.

According to Khati, the hacker has already made off with Rs 150,000 in mobile account recharge cards from his friends in his name.

Khati has lodged a complaint at District Police Office demanding actions against the unidentified data thief.

Preliminary investigation shows that Khati’s Facebook account was manipulated by a person from Morang district in Province 1 through four Ncell numbers.

Interestingly, the hacker did not leave the cops alone. Using the Assistant Sub Inspector Ram Bahadur Bam’s facebook account the hacker asked Bam’s relative Dipak Bam to recharge his account by Rs 1,000.

The ASI was alerted only after his relative called to confirm whether he received the amount or not. Likewise, Journalist Biraj Rosyara also reported that he was asked by the hacker to recharge Bam’s mobile in Bam’s name.

Moreover, Parliamentarian Prem Ale Magar’s account was also breached by the hacker forcing him to file a police complaint.

“Although we had received complaints of fake IDs and other related cyber crimes, we are dealing with data breach for the first time,” Police Inspector Dipal Palti said, “We are investigating the case to bring the hacker to justice under Cyber Crime Act.”