The CBI on Saturday brought Pune-based cyber hacker Amit Vikram Tiwari to New Delhi in connection with its probe into a global hacking network.
According to sources, Tiwari was arrested on the information shared by the FBI, which were interrogating a global hacker Guccifer for the past four days and might have disclosed name of his Indian accomplices. Considering the involvement of international agencies in the probe, the CBI officials are tight lipped about the probe.
The CBI officials claim that they are not aware of the fact that national security was compromised by this hacking network. But, detailed interrogation of Tiwari will further expose the hacking syndicate.
On Wednesday night, Romanian authorities arrested Marcel Lazăr Lehel, the 40-year-old man accused of being the hacker Guccifer. Reports suggest that Guccifer has hacked into the email accounts of former US secretary of state Colin Powell, family members and friends of at least three US presidents, plus numerous other celebrities.
Now, the CBI is trying to establish linkages between Guccifer and Tiwari. It was also learnt that during the CBI raids in Mumbai, Pune and Ghaziabad on Friday, Romanian and FBI authorities were in constant touch with the Indian agency.
Sources also said that the FBI and Romania’s Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism were trailing this global hacking network for the past one year and were regularly sharing inputs with CBI.
The CBI claims that Tiwari admitted of having hacked more than 900 email accounts and out which only 171 accounts were of Indian people.