In Odisha, a cybercriminal group was busted with over 16000 pre-activated SIM cards

In Odisha, a cybercriminal

With the cooperation of employees of private telecom operators, the Odisha Police apprehended a gang selling pre-activated SIM cards to cyber criminals outside the state, recovering 16,000 pre-activated SIM cards and also more than 150 mobile phones from the 7 suspects, according to a police officer.

The racket was operating by arranging pre-activated SIM cards which they used to send gangs sitting outside, mostly [in] Rajasthan, for various cyber crimes. While investigating a case in Bhubaneswar, we learnt that such a racket is operating out of Bhadrak town,” said Saumendra Priyadarshi, commissioner of Bhubaneswar-Cuttack commissionerate.“As distributors are under pressure to sell more SIM cards, the gang exploited this situation to their advantage. The gang subsequently activated multiple SIM cards by using the same credentials,” he said. The arrests have brought to light the flaws in the SIM verification system, as well as the potential for it to be abused by bad actors, posing a variety of hazards to individuals and national security.




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