Pop culture and information gleaned from news reports would have us believe that this is what hackers do:
- Challenge the world order.
- Bring down evil corporations.
- Snoop into your personal life; dig up dirt.
- Get access to your financial details.
- Clean out your bank account(s).
- Wage a technological war the likes of which have never been seen.
But putting paid to those notions and making us believe that such a thing as altruism may exist, a hacker allegedly got into actress Kareena Kapoor Khan's income tax account online — and filed her quarterly returns. Of course, the hacker may have been motivated by pure mischief. But we'd like to believe the altruism theory.
It came to light when Kapoor-Khan wished to file her income tax returns, and found that someone else had already done the same in August.
The actress and her chartered accountant didn't take too kindly to the hacker's presumption and promptly lodged a complaint with the Cyber Crime Cell of the Mumbai Police.
On a serious note, to access the actress' IT account online, the hacker would have needed to get access to her PAN number and password. The hacker can (if he or she so desires) file false income statements for the actress, forcing her to pay higher taxes than she is required to, the police pointed out. Access to her PAN number also means that the hacker could misuse her other financial details.
The police has registered an offence under Section 419 of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66C of the Information Technology Act.