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How to hack ? Dont; For your own sake !!

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My SEO person pointed to me that about 15-20% of folks reach our website are reaching with keyword searches such as “How to hack FB for free”, “Fake email generator” etc. The demography puts them as young adults. This post is for them.

It is so easy to be tempted by fun, thrill and swayed by negative emotions such as anger, jealousy and pain. But just pause and think for a moment, Is it really worth it ? Consider these

  • It is crime in most countries and punishable under many new and old laws.
  • In spite of all sorts of technology precaution, with the law enforcement it is very easy to retrieve your activities online. Nothing is truly anonymous.
  • Internet never forgets anything. You are leaving a permanent mark of your criminal activities.
  • It will have severe impact on your career, social life, your family, in short life itself.

Check the case below for details of the judgment https://www.argbyte.com/2015/07/cyber-stalking-judgement-details/.

So just dont. There are many healthy ways of dealing with emotions, talk to your friends, family or a psychologist.

Cyber Stalking Judgement Details !

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Recently a techno legal case made news in Bombay and dealt with online harassment, intimidation. Check the judgement copy here for a great information on how the court views these and some in detail clues  on how to go about gathering and providing evidence. Cyber Stalking – Yogesh Prabhu Court Judgement (although it is legal document it is surprisingly easy to read).

This case demonstrates very interesting aspects of how criminals who think they cant be caught by changing email locations are blind in their belief. It also demonstrates the importance of keeping documents related to any harassment that one receives so that it can be used intelligently in case of escalations.

Thanks to Advocate Prashant Mali of www.cyberlawconsulting.com for providing the access to this document. He opines that only S66E of The IT Act 2000 & S509 of IPC is applied in this judgement. Section 67 & 67A are not applied in this case. The specifics applied are,

1. Punishment for Violating of privacy of the person under Section 66E of The IT Act,2000.
2. Word ,Gesture or Act intended to insult the modesty of a women under the section 509 of The IPC.

Reach out to us (ArgByte) for any technology queries or Prashant and his firm  for any legal aspects.

Abusive Emails !

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A founder (Mr Zhao) of a boutique company reached out to us with urgency. His business was getting tarnished by unknown person. He/She (The cyber criminal) was creating fictitious email accounts and was sending abusive emails claiming to be victim of the company. Seemingly unrelated to this a business associated had filed a complaints with the authorities claiming his dues were not paid. While Mr Zhao suspected it to be of the same person, he didn’t know how to prove it and take the matter with authorities.

Thats where we stepped in. With the help of our knowledge/frameworks, we set upon to prove three aspects.

1. Analyze all the emails (fictitious and right ones) and check for digital footprint (ISP,  ip addresses, macs if any). Unfortunately in this case, it turned out to be the cyber criminal was smart and he was using a proxie(s) or VPN or spoofed ids. Note if the criminal is using public networks it would be hard to trace them.

2) We analyzed the writing content for any similarities in styles. Unfortunately here also the abusive emails were intentionally written badly and official emails were well officious.

It was almost looked like these mails were unconnected and that is when we decided to try the email tracking tools to see if the emails were coming from the same location. Using these tools we sent a reply to the abusive emails as well as official emails. And true to the suspicion it turned out that all the emails were opened at the same location, thus providing us enough data to correlate these. Armed with this the founder went to the authorities and was able to quash the claims as well as convict the person of these crimes.