It’s a Friday morning, around 6 a.m. In Northern India, in the state of Kashmir, Adil Hussain Teli and Shahid Malla are in their apartment.
From inside their apartment complex, people yelling can be heard in the distance.
The yelling quickly draws closer, clearer and more apparent. Some of the voices are from their frightened neighbors; others are shouting threats and commands.
Outside are armed men demanding to know where Teli and Malla are, and while they’re searching for them, they’re also entering other people’s apartments, ransacking them.
When these armed men eventually found Teli and Malla in their apartment, they forcefully kidnap them, while knocking over the students’ books and other belongings, then took them away.
These armed men weren’t kidnappers, but members of the Cyber Crime Cell of the Delhi police. Investigations were being done to try to track down these two students, and when the Delhi police received a tip on their whereabouts, they raided the apartment complex that they were in.
They were both arrested, but the police didn’t have a plan for what is going to happen to them.
The reason that these seemingly innocent students were raided and arrested? Black-hat hacking. They used Virtual Private Networks and onion routers to stay anonymous while vandalizing government and commercial websites, and sharing the private information of government officials.
After they were arrested, Teli and Malla played dumb and acted like they didn’t know anything about the accusations of hacking.
This, however, didn’t last long. Investigations and searches of these two led to the discovery of a lot of information, including the confirmation that they were, in fact, professional hackers. Police recovered miscellaneous electronic devices and data storage devices, such as laptops, phones and SIM cards from the phones.
Before their arrest, Teli was a second-year student going for a bachelor’s degree in technology, and Malla was a fourth-year student studying computer science and engineering.
The main thing that the investigation found out was that Teli and Malla were not lone wolves.
They were a part of an international hacking group that goes by two different names—either “Team Kashmiri Hackers” or “Hackers Third Eye.”
This group has been responsible for countless hacks and leaks of sensitive data across many countries, including but not limited to Denmark, India, Fiji, Oman, Cairo and Algeria.
In the group, Adil Hussain Teli is known as “Aadil(808)HTE” and Shahid Malla is known as “Master Shahid Malla.”Investigators also found the specifics of what these hackers had done, other than the obvious activity of vandalizing websites.
Human Rights Violations
Some of the specifics include the pair of hackers educating Kashmiri youth on the process of setting up and using a VPN.
Human rights experts David Kaye and Michel Forst, special reporters at the U.N., absolutely opposed the social media ban.
They stated that the ban was reminiscent of collective punishment, and limited the freedom of expression that citizens had.
This isn’t the only case of human rights violations within Kashmir, or India for that matter.
Interestingly enough, Pakistan also has a history of frequent human rights violations. Reporters Without Borders rates India and Pakistan as the 138th and 139th most free countries in the world, out of 180. It’s a virtual tie.
Back to the story of Adil Hussain Teli and Shahid Malla, investigators found that they were also in touch with a countless number of other pro-Pakistan, anti-Indian hackers.
They also shared hacked personal information of government officials among this previously stated web of hackers, so there’s no telling how much unreleased information is actually out there.
Team Kashmiri Hackers has hacked over 500 websites. A few of these have been government websites, which have contained sensitive and classified information.
They’ve leaked the private information of members of the Central Bureau of Investigation, the primary government investigation agency in India.
Ironically, for a group that specializes in hacking websites, they have a website of their own. They have two, actually.
If you’re curious enough, just look up the name of the hacking group and you’ll find them. (NOTE: Make sure to only access these sites under the protection of Tor; any other onion routing service works too, but Tor is recommended. For another layer of safety, use a VPN.)
This hacking group is politically motivated, attacking Indian sites and spreading their message further.
They are very likely motivated by anti-Semitism. On a previously shown hacked website, they state, “death to Israel,” a country where the demographics are estimated to be around 75 percent Jewish.
Israel is generally associated with the Jewish community, and insulting Israel is generally in an attempt to insult the same said community.
Another motivation that they have, which is a shared motivation among many hacker groups, is the desire for infamy. International hacking groups gain a reputation for being expert hackers, capable of doing anything.
This reputation leads to a larger following, which further perpetuated that reputation. So whether it’s from something good or bad, fame brings along many positive things.
This is unless you’re part of an international hacker group, and you get caught.
So the moral of the story is, don’t get caught. The other moral is to have some common sense. If you’re a hacker, it’s not the best idea to put your full legal name on a website you’ve hacked.
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