AT&T Hackers Funded Pakistan Terrorist Group that Struck India
Four hackers have been arrested in the Philippines that funded a terrorist group possibly linked to the deadly 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India. According to a Foxnews article, the Philippine Criminal Investigation and Detection Group working with the FBI arrested the 4 suspects late Thursday. The suspects allegedly stole 2 million from AT&T according to the CIDG.
“The hackers were working on commission for a terrorist group linked to Muhammad Zamir, according to the Philippine police. Zamir, a Pakistani, was arrested in Italy in 2007, where he was running a call center and allegedly buying information from Filipino hackers.”
Though not mentioned by name, the group that allegedly was to receive the stolen funds was the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
A later article today on Reuters.com states that AT&T denies that it was hacked and that it only assisted law enforcement with the investigation:
“AT&T, the No. 2 U.S. mobile provider, said it “ended up writing off some fraudulent charges that appeared on customer bills” but did not comment on the $2 million figure.
“AT&T and its network were neither targeted nor breached by the hackers,” AT&T spokeswoman Jan Rasmussen said. “AT&T only assisted law enforcement in the investigation that led to the arrest of a group of hackers.”