The President of the Republic, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, has had her Facebook profile hacked recently. Pornographic videos were thus posted on her timeline. She has, therefore, decided to file a complaint at the Cybercrime Unit as soon as she returns to the country from New York. Meanwhile, an investigation is ongoing and her Facebook account has been deactivated.
Hacked profiles are becoming more and more common nowadays. At the Cybercrime Unit, it is said that around 20 complaints have been filed because of this since the beginning of this year. On the other hand, some victims prefer not to complain because the consequences are not deemed to be that bad.
Sergeant Robin Bhundoo from the Cybercrime Unit explains that fake profiles are created with the wrong intentions to cause problems to the individuals concerned. He says that the creators of fake profiles use the names of famous personalities because people will then easily trust them.
Others yet sign up for fake accounts to steal from people. Recently, someone fell prey to one who pretended to sell cars; he even paid Rs 90,000 already.