In a serious crackdown on illegal betting forward of the Cricket World Cup, the Agra police’s cyber cell mentioned it has blocked 27 illegal gaming web sites that siphoned off cash overseas via cryptocurrencies, the darkish internet and different fee gateways.
Three individuals had been arrested in reference to the case. The police had been investigating a case, registered underneath the Info Expertise Act, the Copyright Act and the related sections of the IPC, after a grievance was lodged by a serious OTT or ‘over-the-top’ platform.
“The cyber cell of Agra Police was investigating a case after a serious OTT platform alleged that knowledge from its channels, together with these of sports activities, was being stolen and misused,” mentioned Agra police commissioner Dr Preetinder Singh.
“Upon investigating, an illegal betting racket was unearthed. A number of accused had been discovered to be from Telangana. To arrest another accused, central businesses will probably be requested to cooperate,” added Dr Singh.
An additional probe uncovered web sites concerned in on-line betting with their servers situated overseas.
“…cash was siphoned off to different nations via cryptocurrencies or by utilizing the darkish internet and different fee gateways which can be in any other case robust to hint…” acknowledged Dr Singh, including 7,000 ‘mule’ accounts had been additionally blocked.
“The cyber cell of Agra police received a breakthrough within the case after it joined one such platform as a person. It, in a means, saved about 15 lakh residents of India from falling in a lure… Betting was principally finished in cricket, soccer, rugby and basketball matches,” he added.
Among the many three arrested is a financial institution worker.