The Punjab Police Cyber Crime Wing on Wednesday arrested a defendant involved in spreading sexually explicit altered images of faculty members at a private university in Punjab using high-tech hacking tools.
The accused, identified as Navjosh Singh Atwal, a resident of Ivory Tower, Sector 70, SAS Nagar (Mohali), was a student at the same university.
Disclosure of details, the Additional Director General of Cybercrime Police (ADGP) said that on February 26, 2022, a complaint was received from the authorities of the private university alleging that someone was hacking into their email ids, sessions teaching online using Zoom or Blackboard App and was also circulating sexually. explicit morphed images of faculty members through various WhatsApp account numbers.
Following a complaint, a First Information Report (FIR) under Sections 354-D, 509, 120-B IPC, 66-C and 67-A of the IT Act-2000 was filed at the police station State Cyber Crime.
Assistant Inspector General (AIG), Cybercrime; Nilambari Jagdale said the State Cyber Crime Cell has coordinated with WhatsApp, Zoom and Google agencies regarding suspicious activity.
During the interrogation, the defendant revealed that he used to download pornographic material from various porn websites and then transform the downloaded video content with photos of faculty members of his institute. to further spread sexually explicit media transformed by creating fake WhatsApp accounts using VPNs and hacking tools.
The defendant also had a habit of posting alleged sexual content in online educational sessions on Blackboard software and webinars held through Zoom apps.
During the investigation, cell phones, laptops and other electronic gadgets that had VPN and hacking software installed on them were confiscated from the accused.
Further action can be taken after a forensic examination of these electronic gadgets. The accused was taken into custody for two days.
Meanwhile, any cyber crime victim can register the cyber crime related complaint on the website www.cybercrime.gov.in or email id [email protected] The complaint can also be submitted to the freephone hotline number 155260.