Islamabad: Pakistani authorities on Thursday
said they had traced a gang of hackers and arrested five
suspects involved in defacing thousands of domestic and
international websites and online fraud.
The "internationally-known hackers" have been picked
up in an operation spanning the country over the past few
weeks, Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) senior officer Mian
"We have unearthed notorious hackers` group `Pakbugs`
and arrested five members of this group," he said.
Authorities seized computers and other equipment
involved in various cyber crimes, he said.
The FIA said in a statement the group was involved in
hacking or defacing thousands of websites belonging to
government, non-government and international organisations.
"They were also involved in credit card jacking and
usage of stolen credit cards," it said.
"Pakbugs" founder Jawad Ehsan, alias Humza, remains at
large and is believed to be based in Saudi Arabia, the
But it said co-founder Hassan Khan has been detained
in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar, along with other
members in Lahore, Bannu and Rawalpindi.
Idrees ruled out the hackers` involvement in terrorism
and said the men had been charged only with electronic crimes.
Pakistan, fighting terrorism and high-tech offences,
in 2008 declared cyber-terrorism a capital crime, while
electronic fraud is punishable by a prison term of seven to