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Pakistan Hackers pursued by US law: a focus on the cybercrime and the FBI’s participation.

While the U.S. Senate held a hearing on the Obamacare website and questioned its lack of cyber-security measures to secure users’ information, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) announced the names of two cyber criminals added to its “Cyber’s Most Wanted” list. The FBI is seeking information from the public regarding the two hackers’ whereabouts.

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“Hacker interrogated by FBI”

Last week the FBI has added five new hackers to its cyber most wanted listbringing those urgently sought for cybercrimes to 10 in total.

The men are wanted in connection with hacking and fraud crimes both within the US as well as internationally, involving hundreds of thousands of victims and tens of millions of dollars in losses.

The cyber fugitives we seek have caused significant losses to individuals and to our economy. Cybercrime continues to pose a significant threat to our national security,” said Richard McFeely, the FBI’s executive assistant director of criminal, cyber, response and services.

Two of them are Russian nationals: one is wanted for hacking US based firms and stealing confidential data including employee identities, while the other one for infecting PCs in more than 100 countries.

The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $100,000 for Alexsey Belan who is wanted for allegedly compromising the cyber security systems of three unnamed major US based e-commerce companies in Nevada and California between January of 2012 and April of 2013.

This is not a joke.

The cyber fugitives Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddin are wanted for their suspected roles in a global  hacking operation intended to defraud individuals, telecom companies, and government agencies within the United States and overseas. The suspected Noor Aziz was a Pakistani national who resided in Saudi Arabia and operated LinkedTel, a business purporting to provide premium telephone services. Farhan Arshad instead was a citizen of Pakistan and served as
Aziz’s business manager.

Their cybercrime spree resulted in losses to victims that amount to upwards of $50 million, the FBI claims. That’s huge.

The two accused hackers then used those telecom systems to initiate long-distance telephone calls to premium rate numbers through a scheme known as international revenue share fraud. The conspiracy caused the owners of the compromised telephone systems to be billed for services they neither ordered nor desired.

According to cybercrime experts, Arshad and Uddin are part of an international criminal ring that is suspected of extending into Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Italy, Malaysia, and other locations.

Arshad and Uddin had been indicted for unauthorized access to a protected computer; conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer; wire fraud; conspiracy to commit wire fraud; and identity theft.

Because cybercrime knows no boundaries, cyber criminals think they can hide overseas. But we are using our international partnerships and the publicity generated by our Cyber’s Most Wanted to ferret them out,” added McFeely in his speech.

Conclusions:

The most wanted list of FBI is a very nice immage of how a young boy can make with his personal computer in his room: this is like “random” for the foreign people, but for us it is very strange to see a “reward” pubblicated on a Government site for a criminal. Only thanks to their dangerous actions we can exscuse the reward and the FBI intervention: the latest hacker, “Carlos”, is wanted for 50.000 dollars because he created a program called “love spier” who spied the girlfriends and blackmailed them.

Carlos is now facing a maximum of 175 years in prison.

Eight years ago, the indictment said that the law had informed all of the victims of spyware that they’d been electronically stalked.

I hope that they’ve learned not to open fishy e-cards by now, and that they all managed to replace their stalker lovers with much better partners.

 

Useful links:

http://www.ilmessaggero.it/TECNOLOGIA/HITECH/fbi_caccia_carlos_hacker_lover_spy_50mila_dollari_ricompensa/notizie/352985.shtml

http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/06/fbi-hackers-cyber-most-wanted

 

About Amedeo Marchelli

Law Student. Love foreign languages. Searching the cure of mankind.

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