Karachi: A Cyber-criminal, who is on the Interpol and the FBI's most wanted list and was involved in defrauding several companies and individuals of over USD 50 million, was arrested today from Pakistan's biggest city.
The accused, Noor Aziz Uddin, was arrested from his residence here during a pre-dawn raid conducted by the Pakistan's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
Aziz Uddin's two sons, and his companion Arshad Farhan were also reportedly detained during the raid led by Cybercrime Circle deputy director Mir Mazhar Jabbar.
A senior FIA official confirmed that Aziz Uddin was arrested for his role in major cyber-crimes he committed on the Pakistani soil.
"He is in our custody and he is wanted in many cases and in many countries. He also had a bounty on his capture on the FBI website," the official said.
According to the FBI website, Aziz Uddin was involved in an international communication scheme and hacking venture that defrauded several companies and individuals of over USD 50 million from November 2008 to April 2012. FBI had also offered a reward of up to USD 50,000 for information that leads to his arrest.
The international scheme involved members of a criminal organisation that extended into Pakistan, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Italy, and Malaysia, among other nations.
On June 29, 2012, US authorities issued a federal arrest warrant for Aziz Uddin in the US District Court in New Jersey, after he was indicted for conspiracy to commit wire fraud; conspiracy to gain unauthorised access to computers and identity theft.