STOLEN DATA OF “ALMOST ALL” PAKISTAN BANKS GOING FOR SALE IN DARKNET
The hackers used customer data from “almost all major Pakistani banks” and posted them on a darknet, the country’s cybercrime chief said.
Comments by Mohammad Shoaib, director of Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), followed a report by cybersecurity firm Group-IB that private bank data had been compromised. Group-IB found details of the sale on forums on the darknet, a section of the Internet accessible only with special software.
“The data of almost all [Pakistani] banks has been compromised. According to the reports we have, most banks were affected, ”Shoaib told Geo News.
“More than 100 cases [of cyberattacks] have been reported by the FIA and are being investigated. We made several arrests in this case, including against an international gang. “
According to the FIA, more than 20,000 users were affected by the hack, among which credit and debit card details of potentially 22 Pakistani banks were hacked.
Cybercriminals have already cashed in $ 2.6 million at foreign ATMs, according to a Group-IB report, reflecting a similar attack earlier this year.
The State Bank of Pakistan has instructed banks to raise their vigilance, but denied being the victim of a cyberattack. It also revealed that at least six banks in the country have already suspended the use of their debit cards internationally.