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Gang Involved In Cloning 10,000 Fingerprints To Steal Money Busted, 7 Arrested By Cyberabad Police

Cyberabad cyber crime investigators arrested a seven-member gang of high-tech thieves on Thursday for cloning at least 10,000 fingerprints obtained from the Stamps and Registration Department’s IGRS portal in order to withdraw money from their victims’ accounts.

The group, commanded by mastermind Nallagalla Venkateshwarlu, used to download papers from the IGRS portal before printing the cloned fingerprints on polymer. The group, which also included Shankar Naik, Ratham Srinivas, Darshanam Samelu, Challa Manikanta, Sheik Khasim, and Vishwanathula, took advantage of a flaw in the complainant’s application, ePoint India. The flaw was that the programme gave users access to applicant information, including fingerprints.

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Using this vulnerability, the gang downloaded the files and used an application to identify its victims’ bank accounts. They then withdrew Rs 14 lakh from 149 accounts. So far, cybercrime investigators have recovered Rs 3.4 lakh from this sum.

The application used to identify the bank accounts, according to investigators, was built in Andhra Pradesh. The victims are also from that state and have registered with ePoint India, which offers restricted online banking services to all banks’ needy customers using the AEPS (Aadhar Enabled Payment System) system.

The company assigns user IDs and passwords to its agents in order to simplify bill payments, money withdrawal, and transfer via its app.

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The situation was brought to light after ePoint India approached Cyberabad cybercrime police and filed a complaint about the fraud.

User IDs and passwords are provided by FIRM.

The company assigns user IDs and passwords to its agents in order to simplify bill payments, money withdrawal, and transfer via its app. The matter was brought to light when ePoint India approached Cyberabad cybercrime police and reported the fraud.

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