Odisha teen turns hacker, causes Rs 60 lakh loss to Hyderabad firm


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A teenager from Odisha has reportedly hacked into a Hyderabad-based firm, causing the company to lose as much as Rs 60 lakh.

Himalaya Mohanty, who isn’t well versed with English, managed to hack the EPABX toll-free number of Lloyd Electricals and Engineering Ltd by using his three-inch cell phone, and later, uploaded the code along with the toll-free number of Lloyd on a website. By this hack, Mohanty, who was later picked up by the police, made free calls via toll-free number.

The teenager hacked the company’s EPABX toll-free line, which allows only incoming calls, modified its outgoing facility.

The police could track him through his IP address after conducting forensic tests after receiving the complaint. The police have charged Mohanty under Sections 43G and 66 of the Information Technology Act 2000 and also Sections 468 and 471 of the IPC.

A native of Shibapura village in Balasore district, Mohanty is now pursuing an IT course from a private institution. He polished his hacking skills by taking part in online discussions and is capable of hacking Wi-Fi routers, email, Facebook accounts and smartphones.

When people contacted him vis-a-vis their cell phones, he hacked their phones by sending a Trojan (virus) and tracked their movements. However, he did this without gaining financial benefit, said the police.