IP address of Mumbai passport hacker traced to Noida | Mumbai News

MUMBAI: The Azad Maidan police, probing a case of hacking where an unidentified person illegally accessed the system of the city police passport verification branch, found that the accused had used an internet protocol (IP) address allotted to a device in Noida.The accused had cleared three passport application files pending for inquiry and forwarded them to the passport office.
The police had booked an unidentified accused for forgery, forgery of valuable security, will, etc, identity theft, punishment for cheating by using computer resources and a protected system under various sections of the IPC and IT Act.
The police inquiry for three passports belonging to women from Antop Hill, Chembur and Tilak Nagar in Mumbai were cleared by the accused. “We called the three applicants and their statements have been recorded. We have not found any common link between them so far,” said a police officer. Investigators are collecting call details records (CDR) and subscriber details records (SDR) of the persons concerned in this case.
Investigators are now waiting for details from the internet service provider (ISP) about the person the IP address was allotted. “We are also probing if the accused used a free virtual private network (VPN). However, the possibility of free VPN is low since its duration is for 15 minutes only and then the IP changes. In this case, a single IP was used for one and a half hours,” said an officer. A VPN hides a user’s identity. An ISP can find who was allotted an IP at that time or if it was a paid VPN used by the accused.A special branch-II officer who works in the passport branch had lodged an FIR in the case.