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Bengaluru Police on March 10 held three computer programmers from Nagaland who allegedly hacked former Karnataka top cop Shankar Bidari’s email ID and conned Rs 25,000 from one of his friends.

The police said that the accused had operated more than 60 accounts in various banks and a large number of documents – rent agreements, Aadhaar cards and PAN cards were recovered from them.

The police added that the accused were not only experts in hacking websites but had also floated a fake human resources company to lure unemployed youth from the Northeast states.

All the accused were from Mon district of Nagaland.

The police said that after carrying out the attack, these accused used to transfer money into different accounts.

“Their modus operandi was simple, hacking well-known personalities’ email or social media site IDs. They also used to create fake profiles on social media sites, then they used to seek financial help from the friends of these personalities. Thinking that their ‘VIP friend’ is in trouble, most of them used to transfer money,” the police explained.

The police said that this network came to light after former Karnataka DG and IGP Shankar Bidari became the victim of a phishing attack and lodged a complaint in this regard last month.

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