PUNE: The profanities of the highest order were text messages like ‘Neeche aaja chai peene, tera system hack kar denge’ which were received by the users of ‘Review Dede’ app which was hacked by a man hailing from Karnataka. The app was recently launched by a Pune-based start-up which was duped of Rs 2.5 lakh by the hacker.
The Chatuhshrungi police have registered a complaint against the hacker who was identified as Vivek Rajole, a resident of Adarsh Colony in Bidar.
According to the information provided by the police, ‘Review Dede’ a movie review app was launched in the last week of June by Podium System Private Limited a start-up company based in Baner. The start-up had launched the app to provide movie review to its users and has started a scheme of rewarding customers with the vouchers of PVR Cinema, Carnival Cinema and Shoppers Stop.
However, the backup system of the company was hacked by Rajole who hacked the vouchers amounting to Rs 2.5 lakh of the company and has also used vouchers worth Rs 9,000.
Vaibhav Bhargav, CEO, Podium System Private Ltd, said, “We are a start-up company and launched our movie review app for the young audience.
“In order to increase our traffic, we used to reward the customers with vouchers of cinema tickets and shopping. But on May 8, we realised that some one has hacked our system and stolen our vouchers worth Rs 2.5 lakh.”
Bhargav, who himself initiated to investigate the case before registering a complaint at Cyber Crime Cell on May 22, informed that the hacker initially hacked the system of ‘Dove Soft’ company from whom his company used to buy SMS pack for one time password (OTP) which were used by app users to avail the benefits of vouchers.
“As he hacked the ‘Dove Soft’, he got access to our vouchers and used them. However, we informed PVR and other outlets to block the vouchers but the hacker started sending obscene messages to our app users in the name of ‘Review Dede’. He even threatened our app users of hacking their accounts,” added Bhargav.
Bhargav said that after investigating for almost two months and collecting all the proof against the hacker with the help of police, they identified the name of the hacker, after which an FIR was registered at Chatuhshrungi police station on Tuesday.
Vaishali Galande, Police Inspector (Crime), Chatuhshrungi police station, said, “Till now, we are assuming that Rajole is the sole culprit in the case but we are going to investigate the case further in order to check if more people are involved. Soon, we will dispatch a team to Bidar to arrest the hacker.”
The police have booked Rajole under section 380 (Theft in dwelling house, etc.), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property)of IPC and 66A of IT Act.