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India's hacking whiz nabbed in FBI-coordinated clampdown

Published on Jan 25, 2014 9:10 PM

NEW DELHI - Amit Vikram Tiwari, an engineering dropout-turned-hacking whiz, has been nabbed by India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) following tip-offs from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), local media reported on Saturday.

The 31-year-old, whose clients ranged from aggressive companies to jealous lovers on the hunt for trade secrets and signs of infidelity, had allegedly compromised more than 1,000 accounts from around the world, including those in connection with the United States government and major corporates, The Times of India reported.

According to the report, he had also received hacking requests from those associated with the controversial Indian Premier League (IPL), although he did not complete the task for the cricket league due to disputes over payment.

His arrest was made as part of a coordinated clampdown on what was described by The Times of India as possibly the biggest global network of professional hackers today.

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