Mumbai, India (PressExposure) June 24, 2011 -- The email carried malicious code that might have compromised data security on Ambani's email according to person familiar with the investigation. Unidentified hackers last month attempted what seems to have been a cleverly disguised phishing attack on billionaire Anil Ambani , who may have suffered a resultant breach of security on his computer.
The attack, now the subject of an investigation by the Cyber Crime Cell of the Mumbai Police, happened on May 8, when the 52-year-old chairman of the Anil DhirubhaiAmbani Group and the fourth-richest Indian received an email that appeared to have been sent by an India-based reporter of global financial newswire service Bloomberg.
The hacking attempt was revealed when the group's corporate communications department got in touch with the reporter and it became clear that no such email had been sent.
"We have received a complaint from ADAG. We have been investigating the matter and we expect to have some leads in the matter in a week or so," DevenBharti, additional commissioner of Mumbai Police, said.
According to a person familiar with the investigation, who asked not to be named, the email carried a malicious code, commonly referred to as a virus, that might have compromised the data security on Ambani's email
Bharti said while that appears to have been the case prima facie, he could not comment on the extent of the breach till the technical investigation was completed. The hackers seem to have used a commonly used technique called email spoofing. The email appeared to have come from an ID on the Bloomberg.tv domain. The wire service uses the Bloomberg-.net domain for its email service.
The Bloomberg.tv domain redirects to Bloomberg.com and appears to be a domain owned by that company. Experts say it is easy to 'spoof', or replicate, a domain and make an email look like it has come from a person known to the recipient, and is commonly used by hackers looking to steal information from a computer, in what are called "phishing" attacks.