Obscene photos of woman spammed out, ex-colleague arrested for hacking email account

Graham Cluley

A rather unpleasant story lands on my desk, courtesy of the Times of India, but it does at least underline the importance of taking care over the security of your email account.

A 23-year-old man has been arrested by computer crime cops in the Andheri suburb of Mumbai, accused of breaking into the email account of a former colleague, and sending doctored pictures of her to her friends.

According to investigators, Prashant Vilas Desai had a crush on a 22-year-old administrative assistant at the un-named multinational company where they were both employed. Desai is said to have misread the signs, and approached her parents with a marriage proposal – which was turned down.

After the young woman left the organisation, Desai is alleged to have claimed that he was receiving emails expressing her love…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, on Mastodon at @[email protected], or drop him an email.

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