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Three arrested for hacking retail chain Shwapno’s system

  • Published at 08:46 pm August 8th, 2021

Hackers generated and sold a large number of unauthorized digital vouchers between June 26 and July 9

Detectives have arrested three members of a hacking ring for forging and generating electronic vouchers worth Tk1,800,000 by hacking the digital system of the country’s one of the largest retail chains, Shwapno.

They were arrested on Saturday, after a team of Cyber Crime Investigation Division under the Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime unit (CTTC) conducted a drive in the capital’s Mirpur area, according to a press release. 

A press briefing was held at the Dhaka Metropolitan Police media centre at 11:45am on Sunday in this regard.

CTTC Chief and Additional Commissioner of Police Md Asaduzzaman, Joint Commissioner of Police Md Ilias Sharif, Deputy Commissioner of Police Md Mahfuzul Islam, City Cyber Crime Investigation Division Deputy Police Commissioner AFM Al Kibria, Additional Deputy Commissioner of Media and PR Division of DMP IftekhairulIslam, and Executive Director of Shwapno Sabbir Hasan Nasir were present at the press briefing.

"Shawpno" operates all its business activities, including sales monitoring and inventory management, at its 182 outlets across the country and through its website. 

Md Asaduzzaman said breaching the powerful cybersecurity system of "Shawpno", the accused generated and sold a large number of unusual and suspicious digital vouchers between June 26 and July 9, 2021.

Earlier, members of the hacker group breached the security of websites of various international organizations, such as Freelancer.com, and several e-commerce sites in Bangladesh, and claimed bounty. 

In light of this specific information, a drive was conducted on Saturday night, and Md Nasimul Islam, 23, was arrested from Naogaon, Rehanur Hasan Rashed, 22, from Gaibandha and Raisul Islam, 25, was arrested from Mirpur in Dhaka.

"We have brought those who have committed this crime under the law for breaching the security system of Shawpno. Those who are working behind this will also be brought under book very soon," said ADC Nazmul Islam of CTTC's Cyber Crime Investigation Department. 

"The hackers were highly skilled. They used various penetration testing tools to hack out the 'bugs' or errors of many reputable organizations. We are investigating this in detail, " said CTTC Assistant Commissioner Chatak Chakma.

According to the company’s  executive director, Sabbir Hasan, a criminal group did this to tarnish the brand’s reputation, adding: “Last month, they forged digital vouchers and spread fake offers in Shwapno’s name on social media. Shwapno lodged a complaint and case with the police station regarding the matter.”

A Dhaka court has accepted a ten-day remand application for the members of the hacker group.