According to an Indian media report, suspected Islamic State (ISIS) hackers diverted a Delhi-based firm’s payments from a London client to an ISIS account in Turkey.
The Times of India newspaper quoted an unidentified Delhi Police official as saying that the fraud, in the amount of 50-60 million rupees, was diverted possibly by hacking an employee’s email account. “The probe is at an initial stage. It is early to rule out the role of ISIS in this massive cyber heist as we are indeed probing some Turkey-based hackers who may have terror or ISIS links,” he said.
According to the report, “The victim firm is based in south Delhi and provides consultancy and advisory services to development and social projects in India and abroad. The client’s website states it provides relief and other assistance to people inside Syria and to refugee families in neighboring countries, including Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.”
“The Delhi firm regularly received payments from the client (name withheld) in its account with Kotak Mahindra Bank, and when they stopped in October, it waited patiently for the sake of goodwill. However, when it followed up a few days ago, the client claimed it had processed some of the payments. It sent an email on Friday giving details of the accounts credited, thus alerting the firm to the fraud,” the report added.
Source: Sunday Times of India (India), December 20, 2015.