19-year-old hacks toll free number for ‘lulz’ and causes losses worth $89,000

Odisha teenager arrested for hacking Hyderabad company’s toll free number and causing loss worth $89,000

A 19-year-old villager from Odisha was arrested by the police today for hacking into a Hyderabad-based company, causing a loss of Rs. 60 lakh. While the accused did not know how to speak English, he was an active member of many hacking forums.

Himalaya Mohanty, a native of Balasore district of Odisha who studies at an ITI, allegedly learnt computer hacking on a website and managed to get the code of an EPABX of toll-free number of the customer care centre of Lloyd Electricals and Engineering Ltd. According to reports, Mohanty used a mobile phone to upload the code online along with the toll-free number of Lloyd by creating his own website.

“Thousands of net surfers made free calls by using the code and the company received a hefty bill of about Rs. 60 lakh,” a police press release said.

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In November, Lloyd company had received telephone bills for a whopping $89,000 (Rs.60 lakh) for the toll-free number, which they operate for their customers. The typical monthly bill for the toll-free number for Lloyd is $1500 (Rs. 1 lakh).

Mohanty learned hacking skills and finally ended up hacking Lloyd’s toll-free number using his ‘3’ display mobile phone. “Mohanty enabled the option of outgoing facility by hacking into the system. He uploaded the link of Lloyd along with a code, which a user has to enter after dialling the toll-free number and followed by the number the person intends to call,” told Cybercrime inspector Riyazuddin.

In November, Lloyd company had received telephone bills for a whopping $89,000 (Rs.60 lakh) for the toll-free number, which they operate for their customers. The typical monthly bill for the toll-free number for Lloyd is $1500 (Rs. 1 lakh).

Mohanty learned hacking skills and finally ended up hacking Lloyd’s toll-free number using his ‘3’ display mobile phone. “Mohanty enabled the option of outgoing facility by hacking into the system. He uploaded the link of Lloyd along with a code, which a user has to enter after dialling the toll-free number and followed by the number the person intends to call,” told Cybercrime inspector Riyazuddin.

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