Senator declares FIA’s progress on dark web cases ‘unsatisfactory’

Daily Times

Senator Rubina Khalid, on Monday, said that Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Cyber Crime Wing only employed 15 investigators.
She said this while chairing a session of Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication here in Islamabad.
The senator also added that the FIA cybercrime cell comprised of 114 persons, whereas, only 15 cyber investigators were present in the intel agency.
Senator Khalid maintained that as many as 28,000 inquiries were currently pending in the cell.
She said, “The progress [of the cell] on cases pertains to the Dark Web is unsatisfactory.” The senator noted that the standing committee had already forwarded its recommendations regarding the cyber crime cell.
The chairperson directed FIA to present a report on the implementation of the committee’s recommendations in the next session.
On April 11, a major hacking scandal, said to be the biggest in Pakistan, had unearthed as the stolen data of various female students of Punjab University (PU) was sold out on ‘Dark Web’.
The latest revelations raised apprehensions regarding measures taken by cybersecurity units working across the country in this regard.
According to sources, stolen data of the varsity’s female students, including phone numbers, photos and videos, was being traded to Dark Web users. Further details regarding the number of affectees and major sources of information collection sniped by hackers were yet to be known.
The FIA cyber crimes’ circle had also initiated a thorough investigation into the matter.

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