Investigators hunt for gang of hackers -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Investigators hunt for gang of hackers

By Salis bin Perwaiz

Karachi: Intelligence agencies are searching for a gang of hackers, who had allegedly issued bogus emails on behalf of Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), The News has learnt.

A series of bogus emails had been sent out allegedly by this gang under the name of ISPR, intelligence sources told The News, in which citizens had been advised not to be fooled by a call telling them that their phone line was being checked, and further, not to dial any particular number as terrorists would be able to “control” their SIMs .

Intelligence officials and a senior Pakistan Army officer denied that an email of this sort had been issued by the ISPR, and stated that intelligence agencies are searching for the suspects involved in circulating such emails. When The News contacted ISPR, a spokesperson also said that the oganisation had nothing to do with writing or circulating such emails.

Moreover, they maintained, investigations into the case are also being carried out by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), with the agency’s cyber crime wing now tracking the IP address of the sender.

The officials maintained that no statements regarding SIMs were issued by ISPR, and that some individuals had used ISPR’s name to misguide citizens. They added that this is not for the first time such that bogus emails have been circulated, and cited the recent busting of a gang involved in cyber crimes.
Source: The News
Date:2/24/2010