Seven more bank accounts hacked by int’l gangs

The Nation

SIALKOT – Seven more Sialkot-based exporters bank accounts have been hacked international cyber crime gang(s), said the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI).
They have sought urgent help and remedy against the growing incidents of bank account hacking in Sialkot.
SCCI Departmental Committee on Media/ Cyber Crime Chairman Umer Khalid disclosed this while addressing a meeting held at SCCI here. Umer Khalid told the meeting that some international hackers have hacked total amounts of more than Rs16m in seven fresh separate incidents.
The affected Sialkot exporters Abdul Samad and Mehar Ashraf told the meeting that their moneys (amounting Rs.16 million) have been hacked from their bank accounts by some unknown international hackers in seven separate incidents from Sialkot through USA, Sweden, Poland, China, Japan, Finland, Thailand and Hong Kong. The accused hackers opened the dummy bank accounts same in the name of the bank accounts of these affected Sialkot exporters and hacked these big amounts, the meeting was told.
“These were the payments sent by the foreign customers to the Sialkot exporters, but the amounts were hacked from Sialkot exporters’ bank accounts by some unknown international hackers”, chairman added.
SCCI’s Departmental Committee on Media/ Cyber Crime has expressed grave concern over the rising incidents of money hacking and cyber crime against the Sialkot exporters.
He asked the Sialkot exporters to upgrade the Information Technology (IT) infrastructure in their factories, besides, upgrading their cyber security systems besides adopting the advanced information technology (IT) skills to avert further such incidents crime in future. He said the cases of back hacking would be pursued at the end point. He added that the Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) was taking Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Secretary of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), all the Pakistani Commercial Consulates in abroad and Sialkot exporters’ foreign customers in a bid to provide remedy to the victims of money hacking incidents by the international hackers. He said that these hacking cases would be forwarded to the FIA Cyber Crime Wing with the help of the DG of the FIA as well.

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