By John Leyden
13th July 2010
Five alleged hackers have been arrested by the Pakistani authorities in
raids that led to the closure the Pakbugs hacking and carding forum.
The operation, run by Pakistan's Cyber Crime department of Federal
Investigation Agency (FIA), followed complaints by "national and
multinational organisations" over a series of website defacement and
hack attacks. Pakbugs is blamed for running amok across thousands of
websites belonging to various governmental and non-governmental
organisations in Pakistan and elsewhere, local telecoms blog PakSpider
Police seized computer equipment during the arrests of the five
suspects. Others suspects remain at large, including Jawaad Ehsan,
thought to live in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
A Pakistani government press statement explains that the suspects are
thought to have expertise in a range of cybercrime techniques, including
botnet management, phishing and carding.
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