E-mail hacked, complains IIT professor

LUCKNOW, INDIA: A senior professor at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Roorkee has lodged a complaint in Uttar Pradesh that his personal e-mail account was hacked, police said Wednesday.

M.C Bansal, who teaches in department of paper technology at IIT Roorkee's campus in Saharanpur, met senior police officials Tuesday evening and lodged the complaint.

"The e-mail issued by the hacker, purportedly on behalf of the professor, requests receivers of the mail for financial assistance," district police chief Amit Chandra told IANS over telephone.

"We have constituted teams to probe the case. We are also consulting IT experts to know from where the mail was sent after hacking the professor's e-mail account," he added.

According to police, the hacker claims the sender of the mail had to be hospitalized in Nigeria after he met with an accident. The mail requests receivers for financial assistance.

Bansal came to know about the hacking only after his friends and relatives started calling him up Tuesday after reading the mail.

"I used to change the password of my account frequently. I am surprised and shocked by the incident. I am afraid of the misuse of my mail account," Bansal told reporters in Saharanpur, some 400 km from Lucknow.

The branch of IIT, Roorkee in Saharanpur offers three courses: B.Tech paper technology, M.Tech polymer science and B.Tech process engineering.

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