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Another Case Of Cybercrime: CSP officers’ Facebook hacked

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On Wednesday, a number of hackers deprived people of a large amount of money, namely thousands of rupees, by hacking into the Facebook accounts of several CSP officers in Multan.

Mansoorul Haq Rana, the present superintendent of police, told the media on Wednesday that a group of hackers that were partaking in gaining access to Facebook accounts of civil servants was active on social media. He also stated that his account was part of those that were hacked into, and that the criminals responsible demanded money from the people who were part of their friend’s lists on their Facebook accounts.

Mansoorul Haq Rana also added, “Hackers with an unknown identity hacked my account and sent text messages to my friends asking them money.” He further went on to state the subject of the text messages sent by the hackers, which was ‘I am (SP) in Ukraine these days and my ATM card is misplaced. I need money urgently.’

The hackers that sent out these messages had acquired a whopping Rs. 0.3 million, by contacting 70 people at the least, as referenced by SP Mansoorul Haq. He also went on to state that the hackers request the money be sent in his name through money transfer facility. “My various friends sent the money because the text messages were forwarded through my personal Facebook account,” he added.

The police official stated that he finally got to know about the hacking matter six hours after it had occurred, as he was busy with meetings throughout the time and could not answer the phone calls made by his friends.  “I called back one of my friends and he told me regarding the matter,” he said.

After the incident, SP Mansoorul Haq Rana retrieved his official account and uploaded a status informing everyone his account had been hacked. He also sent an apology to his friends regarding the matter.

He said the Federal Investigation Agency and other agencies working for the prevention and control of cyber crime will get to the matter and track down the hackers. He said, “They would be arrested soon.”

Earlier in April, Facebook account of former SP Multan Atif Nazir was also hacked. Hackers deprived people of thousands of rupees by relying on the same method. Hackers provided a telephone number and asked the people in his friends list to deposit money through EasyPaisa.

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