Pak’s FIA asked to probe mobile data breach

Islamabad, April 12 (IANS) Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has been directed to probe reports about data breach involving the sale of information of 115 million Pakistanis on the darknet, a media report said on Sunday.

Addressing a press conference on Satu­r­day, Chairman of the Senate Standing Com­mittee on Interior Senator Rehman Malik said that there were reports suggesting that data of 115 million cellphone users from Pakistan, including details such as full name, complete address and Computerized National Identity Card (CNIC), were up for sale online, Dawn news reported.

Malik was referring to reports doing the rounds on social media which say Rewterz, a pioneer of specialised cybersecurity services in Pakistan, claims to have discovered a data dump of 115 million Pakistani mobile users that has shown up for sale on the dark web.

Terming the reports alarming, the Se­nator directed the interior secretary to supervise the probe to be carried out by the FIA, Pakistan Telecom­munication Authority (PTA) and Nadra and submit a consolidated report to the Senate standing committee.

He directed the FIA and PTA to investigate the authenticity of the report and investigate as to how the personal data had been stolen and being sold for $2.1 ­billion online.

He asked the FIA to find out who was the source of supply for the data dump and directed the PTA to identify the service provider that leaked it.

The Senator said it should be determined if Nadra played a role in the breach. He added that all the authorities responsible for releasing the national assets should be identified.



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