Youth hacks 2,500 FB accounts | #computerhacking | #hacking

Cybercrime prevention unit of Detective Branch of police arrested a youth who allegedly hacked over 2,500 Facebook accounts opened from Bangladesh and abroad and extorted money by threatening to disclose the users’ personal and confidential information.

Liton Islam, 28, was arrested from Ashulia of Dhaka on Sunday night and a Dhaka court remanded him in police custody for one day on Monday.

Liton created phishing links using images and videos and spread them to different Facebook groups. If users click the phishing links, the pages ask for users’ names and passwords. As they compose user ID and passwords, the hacker get them automatically, said DB Cyber and Special Crime units deputy commissioner Tarek bin Rashid.

Liton then takes control of the accounts by changing passwords, downloads and hack the personal and confidential information of the users, added the police officer.

The youth then claim money and threaten to spread the information online if the users don’t comply with the demands.

Liton stopped studying after grade V and later worked as graphics designer and learned computer operations. He was fired from the job six months ago.

Liton told DB investigator in primary interrogation that he learnt about hacking from Youtube and started hacking by phishing links one and a half months ago.

Facebook users even from United Kingdom, India, Egypt and some other countries were victims of Liton’s hacking, said DC Tarek.

‘Even after arresting Liton, we are watching surprising developments. Many users details are reaching his Facebook account,’ said the police official.

Liton claimed that he has been hacking for one and half months, but DB investigators suspected that the time span might be longer.

He said that a victim named Anwar Hossain filed a case against Liton for Facebook account hacking on January 23.

Based on the complaint, DB started investigation and confirmed his location at Ashulia on Sunday night and arrested him there.

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