Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s Cyber Crime Wing Gujranwala has busted a gang involved in suspicious activities, including data theft from the National & Registration Database Authority (NADRA).
The group had acquired a cellular network’s franchise in the Rahwali cantonment area to carry out this crime. The cybercrime team raided the franchise on Friday and arrested three members of the group, including the franchise owner.
So far, the group has activated over 0.1 million SIM cards on fake credentials stolen from the NADRA system. These numbers were later sold out to unknown people for a high price.
The group used high-tech equipment to steal fingerprint data of citizens.
At least eight biometric verification machines, ten laptops, and over ten thousand illegally-activated SIM cards were recovered from the crime scene.
FIA officials said the recovered material and the information obtained from the suspects will help them crack down on similar groups countrywide.