AT&T Hackers Funded Terrorist Group that Struck India

Monday, November 28, 2011

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Four hackers have been arrested in the Philippines for funding a terrorist group possibly linked to the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India.

According to a Foxnews article, the Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group working with the FBI arrested the 4 suspects late Thursday. The suspects allegedly stole 2 million from AT&T according to the CIDG.

“The hackers were working on commission for a terrorist group linked to Muhammad Zamir, according to the Philippine police. Zamir, a Pakistani, was arrested in Italy in 2007, where he was running a call center and allegedly buying information from Filipino hackers.”

Though not mentioned by name, the group that allegedly was to receive the stolen funds was the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.

A later article in Reuters.com states that AT&T denies it was hacked and that it only assisted law enforcement with the investigation:

“AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, said it “ended up writing off some fraudulent charges that appeared on customer bills” but did not comment on the $2 million figure.

“AT&T and its network were neither targeted nor breached by the hackers,” AT&T spokeswoman Jan Rasmussen said. “AT&T only assisted law enforcement in the investigation that led to the arrest of a group of hackers.”

It is alarming how many times Pakistan’s name comes up when terrorism is involved.

Not to long ago, Osama Bin Laden was taken out by American special forces at his hideout which was located near a Pakistan military base. One has to wonder just how strong an ally they really are in the war against terror. 

Source: http://cyberarms.wordpress.com/2011/11/26/att-hackers-funded-pakistan-militant-group/

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