Mysuru, India – Police have arrested a prominent executive of a popular social networking website in the country’s south-east for alleged hacking and other offences.
Police said the man, identified as a member of Mysore’s Mysorean Community, was arrested on Wednesday at his home in Mysorea, about 140km (93 miles) east of Muharram, a major tourist hub.
“The accused was arrested at his residence after he allegedly hacked the Mysorram office, which was under the jurisdiction of the police,” a police statement said.
The Mysoros were founded in 1996 by a group of friends and members of the community, who have built an online community which has gained more than 10 million users and 2 million followers.
“We are deeply saddened by the arrest of a Mysoro leader in the name of cybercrime,” Mysores Chief Minister M. Venkateswara Rao said.
Mysoria Police Chief G. P. Keshavan said the accused had allegedly tried to hack the Muhara office through a computer in an attempt to breach its security.
He said police were trying to trace the computer used to hack Mysoran offices.
“If found guilty, the accused will be arrested and will face imprisonment for five years,” he said.
A spokesman for Mysori-based Internet portal Paysy.in said police had received a tip-off from the MYSORA office that someone had hacked its servers.
Paysys website has more than 2.5 million registered users.
“They may have also hacked the office of MYSORE-Mumbai (Mysorra-Maharashtra) which was the headquarters of the M-TEST programme,” the website said.
Earlier this month, police said they had arrested two suspects in connection with the cybercrime.
Earlier on Wednesday, police in Muhartha, the capital of the north-eastern state of Maharashtra, arrested a former employee of a website in connection to a hacking case.
The website, known as Mysorgews.com, had been hacked on December 15, but police said the victim, who was in his early 20s, did not receive a response.
“At least three of the individuals who were arrested are currently in jail,” said P.R. Gupta, senior superintendent of police, Muhars.
The suspects were allegedly part of a group that hacked websites of the Maharashtra Information Technology Commission, the state government said.
In December, the Maharashtra government announced that the MTHC was investigating the hack of MTHCs website and the arrest had raised security concerns.
In February, a cyber crime case was registered against three people who were accused of hacking websites of MHAIs office and MTHECs website.
Police in Mihiram in Maharashtra said on Thursday they had taken into custody a man who allegedly hacked websites belonging to MHAI, the ministry of information technology and information technology.
“He has been arrested under Section 147 of the Indian Penal Code and under Section 153 of the Information Technology Act, 1976,” the police said in a statement.
Earlier in February, the MHA and MHAi websites were hacked and the ministry was threatened.
Police had earlier said they would be investigating whether the Miharis were victims of a cybercrime, and whether they were the targets of a “cyber-warfare” or a “spy-war”.