FIA nabs 2 most wanted cyber criminals
KARACHI: Cyber Crime Circle of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on Saturday arrested two of the 10 most-wanted men involved in cybercrimes.
It is to be noted here that both of them were wanted by the Interpol and the FBI for defrauding several companies and individuals of over 50 million dollars.
The FIA officials claimed that their names were placed on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) list of the top 10 most wanted cyber criminals and they were arrested from Karachi on FBI’s request.
One Noor Azizuddin and Farhanul Arshad were wanted to the FBI. Their arrests were made during a pre-dawn raid conducted by the FIA officials at their residences in Federal B Area, Karachi.
Noor Azizuddin’s two young sons – Osama Noor and Omair Noor – his brother Faisal Aziz were also arrested during the raid, led by Cyber Crime Circle’s deputy director Mir Mazhar Jabbar. The officials said all the arrested persons belong to a family as Arshad is also the nephew of Aziz. The suspects were later shifted to undisclosed location for further questioning.
Jabbar claimed that Aziz and Arshad were also wanted to the FBI and their names were also placed on the FBI’s list of top ten most wanted men involved in the cybercrimes.
Both the wanted men – Noor Aziz Uddin and Arshad, according to the FBI’s website, were involved in conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to gain unauthorised access to computers, wire fraud, unauthorised access to computers and identity theft.
On FBI’s website, it also offered a reward of up to $50,000 each for information regarding the arrest of Aziz and Arshad. The website further stated that both of them are wanted for their alleged involvement in an international telecommunication scheme that defrauded unsuspecting individuals, companies, and government entities, to include large telecom companies, in both the United States and abroad.
Between November 2008 and April 2012, both of them were allegedly having compromised computer systems and conducted the scheme which ultimately defrauded victims of amounts of $50 million. The international scheme involved the members of a criminal organisation that extended into Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Italy, and Malaysia among other countries.
On June 29, 2012, a federal arrest warrant was issued for Aziz in the United States’ District Court, District of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey, after he was indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud, conspiracy to gain unauthorised access to computers; wire fraud, unauthorised access to computers and identity theft, the website stated.
On the other hand, the family sources claimed that the accused, Aziz was apprehended in Malaysia through Interpol by the FBI; however, he was later released due to lack of evidences as the FBI had failed to find him guilty.