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PUNE: Airport Police are investigating a threat and extortion case against an email sender for making email threats against senior officials of a private financial company headquartered in is in Pune, stating that he will delete the company’s data by hacking into its database.
The sender of the email demanded the extortion of 11.63 crore coins of a cryptocurrency and threatened to delete the data if not paid.
According to the police, company officials had received the mail on November 28, 2021 and the company immediately backed up its data. One of the company’s executives (32) approached airport police on Friday and filed a complaint against the unidentified sender of threatening emails.
TOI on Saturday night contacted a senior company officer, but he said, “I’m not authorized to speak to the media.”
Senior Police Inspector Bharat Jadhav of the Airport Police said: “The main bosses of the financial company on November 28, 2021 received the email from the same sender. We suspect a hacker could have sent the email.
Jadhav said, “We are investigating how the emails of all senior company officials were compromised.”
“This is a case of threat and attempted extortion. Company officials did not transfer any cryptocurrency coins to the suspect,” he said, refusing to release details of the email to TOI.
“We received the complaint on Friday and decided to verify where (the server) the email was sent from to company officials. It is suspected, however, that the email was sent after the routed from multiple servers,” a senior police officer said. According to police, this is one of the rarest cases in which the hacker demanded cryptocurrency extortion.