AT&T Hackers Busted In The Philippines
30. November 2011
The happy days of trhe four persons who reportedly hacked the website and system of telecommunications giant AT&T are now officially over.
This developed after combined forces of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested them in an operation in the Philippines. The arresting policemen said the four hackers were reportedly funded by a militant Saudi Arabian-based group which also masterminded the November 2008 attacks in Mumbai, India.
The authorities said due to the illegal hacking activity of the suspects trhe second leading mobile provider in the US suffered $2 million in losses. One of those arrested in the raid was a certain Paul Michael Kwan, 29, who was also busted in 2007 after the FBI launched an international crackdown on groups suspected of financing militant activities.
It was learned the suspects hacked into the trunk-lines of different telecom companies, including AT&T, with revenues diverted to accounts of the unnamed Saudi-based group. The PNP said FBI earlier sought their help in March after they discovered that these people are targeting AT&T through the funds of the Saudi Arabia based group. Authorities hoped the arrest of the suspects will reduced the number of illegal hacking activity around the world.