The Sindh Rangers and the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) detained a suspect involved in hacking bank accounts and credit cards in Orangi Town, Karachi, during a joint operation.
The Sindh Rangers issued a statement on Sunday confirming the news. The suspect, Muhammad Asif Mughal, was apprehended and his computer seized by the paramilitary force’s technical team and cybercrime wing.
During the interrogation, the suspect stated that he was an Information Technology (IT) graduate with experience stealing bank accounts and credit cards.
The accused used to sell people’s bank account information for Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000 and then phone them from his call centre to inform them that their account had been hacked.
He used this ruse to get customers to generate an OTP (one-time password), which he then used to withdraw money from their accounts.
According to an interrogator, the suspect has been doing such crimes since 2012, robbing people of millions of dollars. Between 2014 and 2016, Mughal visited Malaysia multiple times. The suspect was subsequently turned over to the FIA’s cybercrime unit for further investigation.