Navi Mumbai Police Arrests Pune Hacker Involved in MPSC Admit Card Leak

Navi Mumbai, 25th May 2023: In a major breakthrough, Navi Mumbai Police has apprehended an individual involved in illegally accessing the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) website and downloading admit cards of multiple candidates. The accused then proceeded to distribute these cards on a Telegram channel associated with the Dark Net, a notorious hub for hackers.

However, the swift action by Navi Mumbai Police and their cybercrime division successfully foiled the plans of both the Dark Net hackers and the arrested individual.

The suspect, identified as Rohit Kamble, managed to exploit an external link on the MPSC website that was intended for candidates to download their admit cards for the Group B and Group C preliminary examination held on April 30. By illicitly modifying the link, Kamble gained unauthorized access to confidential information and obtained a staggering 94,195 admit cards. He proceeded to disseminate this sensitive data on the Telegram channel “MPSC 2023 A,” with the intention of deceiving and profiting from the unsuspecting candidates.

The fraudulent activity came to the attention of diligent Maharashtra Public Service Commission employees on April 23. They promptly reported the incident to Joint Secretary Sunil Harishchandra Avatade, who wasted no time filing a complaint at the CBD Police Station.

Recognizing the gravity of the case, the Cyber Cell initiated an immediate investigation, leading to the registration of a case against an unknown perpetrator. Senior Police Inspector Vijay Waghmare assumed leadership of the Cyber Police Station’s efforts to solve the crime.

Thanks to meticulous investigative work, authorities managed to trace the IP address of the computer used to hack the MPSC website. This eventually led them to apprehend the prime suspect, 19-year-old Rohit Dattatray Kamble, residing in Patilnagar, Chikhali, Pune. Upon his arrest, the police confiscated one desktop, one laptop, three mobile phones, and one internet router, all used in the commission of the crime.

Commissioner of Police, Milind Bharambe, shed light on Kamble’s background, revealing that he was a second-year student of Cyber Digital Science and had completed several short courses, including Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing. Kamble had established connections with Dark Net hackers, one of whom provided him with illicit access. His objective was to manipulate the distribution of admit cards for financial gain, as evidenced by the impending transaction of $400 between him and the cyber hackers. Fortunately, the authorities detected the scheme in time, enabling them to register a case swiftly and apprehend Kamble, thereby thwarting his nefarious intentions.