BHOPAL: Two students have been arrested by Cyber Cell Headquarters in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly ‘zoom bombing‘virtual classes with own private porn and flashing content.
This is the first case of its kind in which investigators have seized a pair of slippers as evidence against these students, police said.
Zoombombing is a term used for cyberbullying in which uninvited users interrupt online classes/meetings through the Zoom video conferencing software application.
Offenders crash at the door of gatherings for malicious purposes, believing they will never be found, police say.
Aniket Singh Rajput (22) – resident of Maharishi Patanjali settlement – and NEET aspirant Aditya Singh (20) – resident of Gandhi Nagar area – were charged under Sections 43/63, 67, 67A computer science. Law and articles 294, 354 A and 509 of the CPI.
They initially started it with the intention of interrupting female teachers to have classes suspended, but then began to take advantage of it, according to police.
They belong to a lower middle class family.
Investigations began after the head of the state’s Cyber Cell, ADG Yogesh Deshmuk, received a complaint from the Career College that someone hacked into their virtual survival test on June 3 and flashed pornographic content .
The complaint also said they had been facing similar issues since February this year.
The teachers had to suspend their online lessons several times because of this explicit content.
The matter was also reported to local police stations but nothing happened, sources said.
Following instructions from ADG Deshmukh, this case was taken over by ASP (cyber cell) Vaibhav Srivastava and his team.
“The investigation was not easy at all. They were using an engraver simulation. We have to conduct massive exercises on the ground to target the suspects,” says Srivastava.
One important clue investigators had with them was a screenshot of the online meeting in which the suspect’s background was visible.
There was a building with two satellite dishes on it.
Officers contacted multiple service providers to trace the location.
After identifying the area, geolocating the mobile phone, the police joined Aniket Singh.
After some checks, he was arrested and interrogated.
He confessed his crime and sold everything.
Based on his statement, the police arrested Aditya Singh, another student who was his distant relative.
Aniket told interrogators that he shared his username and password with Aditya for interrupting online classes and exams.
He also admitted to flashing his private parts during online classes and sending vulgar messages to his teachers.
“His slippers must have been seized as evidence since they can be seen in one of the videos where he flashed his private parts. The cell phone, SIM card and other evidence are also there,” Srivastava said in praising the efforts made by his team.
Police received more than 12 complaints against them from teachers at the school who said they received obscene messages on their phones from unknown numbers.
This number was used by the accused students, police said.
Inspector Mahesh Tandekar, Sub-Inspector Zeenat Qureshi, SI Sachin Yadav, Chief Constable Brijesh Pandey and Arvind Mehra played key roles in the investigations.
“There is a need for schools and colleges to educate students about cybercrime. They need to know that every cybercrime is traceable. We would be happy to provide assistance to institutes in raising awareness,” the SP added.
(The victim’s identity has not been released to protect her privacy in accordance with Supreme Court guidelines on sexual assault cases.)