Ahmedabad’s Anand Niketan case has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride since the first time Anand Niketan – a school in the city was contacted by hackers last year. The criminal contacted the school in September 2020, when he demanded the cancellation of mid-term exams or else he would release morphed images of girl students of the school.
The management had given into their threat and cancelled mid-term exams for students from 8th-12th grade. Along with cancelling the exams, the management had filed a complaint with the police officers too.
In December, however, the culprit contacted the school again, this time asking to cancel the prelims of students in classes 10, 11 and 12. This time since the cops were already involved in the case, the school went ahead with the prelims. Unfortunately, the cybercriminal still lurked around, giving students, parents and the school’s management nightmares about his next moves.
It was during an online Physics class for class 12 that a link appeared with the morphed images of young girl students. The principal said that the criminal had been constantly asking for a postponement of exams.
With this case slowly becoming one of the biggest in the history of cybercrime investigation in the country, the officers have figured out another plan to try and catch this criminal. The officers of the cybercrime branch asked all 358 ISPs (Internet Service Providers) to share their information to get a lead.
Sources in the cybercrime office say that the criminal was using a special browser initially designed by the US Navy to carry out secure operations. The cybercrime officer said, “Due to this browser, Tor, which keeps the identity of the user anonymous, we cannot reach the IP address of the perpetrator because it keeps jumping from one country to another.”
The accused has been found to be changing IP addresses, making it very difficult to track him or her down. “The person behind this is like a sophisticated hacker who has been hopping from one IP address to the next to avoid being monitored. We’ve been trying to get more information so we can apprehend the suspect as soon as possible,” said a cybercrime officer.
They are now relying on information provided by these Internet Service Providers to know the gateway the browser was using to streamline their search, because solely depending on the IP address is going to be an unending probe.