An 11-year-old boy in Ghaziabad used YouTube to learn hacking tricks and ended up blackmailing his own father.
The boy made an extortion call to his own father and asked for a huge amount of Rs 10 crore. If the money is not given, he threatened him to publish private pictures and family’s secrets all over the internet.
The minor boy is just in Class 5. The boy even attended an online session on how to avoid being caught in cybercrime. He regularly watched online YouTube videos to master the art of cybercrime.
The incident came to light when the Ghaziabad resident approached the police after receiving an extortion call from an unknown person. He told police that his email account was hacked and all of his private pictures from the account were used to blackmail him for the extortion money.
According to him, his email account was hacked on January 1. He further said that hackers not only accessed his pictures but changed his password and his phone number associated with the account. He received a mail asking for Rs 10 crore and continuous harassment calls to his entire family from the hackers.
The complainant stated that the hackers were keeping a watch on the activities of the family and continuously harassing them.
A case was later registered under various sections of the IPC, including criminal intimidation, insulting modesty of a woman and intentional insult to provoke breach of peace, and section 66D of the IT Act in Ghaziabad. Further probe is on.