ISLAMABAD: The website of Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA’s) cyber crime wing meant to register complaints against electronic crime was hacked Thursday night.
A senior FIA official told Dawn on Friday that, “the site has been defaced rather than hacked, and we are conducting an investigation into the cyber breach.”A hackers’ group, claiming itself as Pakbugs, wrote on the main webpage of the FIA’s cyber crime wing that “I was wondering if someone wanted to report, complain, track, someone? Where shall they go? The FIA or Pakbugs?”The official of FIA’s cyber crime wing said: “The act is a ‘cyber crime’ and the so-called hackers will be dealt under the bill on electronic crime.”The crime is punishable with up to 14-year imprisonment, he added. “The website will shortly be uploaded again” he said.Answering a question, the official said: “If we found out that the website was defaced by the some individual(s) in a foreign country, we would contact the relevant cyber security department as per the laid down procedures.”Neutral cyber experts monitoring such developments on the internet told this reporter that “the site was hacked,” basing their claim on the argument that the main hacked webpage kept on displaying till Friday evening.Owner of a software development firm, on condition of anonymity, said: “I am in talks with foreign investors to shift their data centre to Pakistan because of cost-effective broadband, but the question is not about the cost its about the security of the data centre.”He said: “If such events continue to take place, foreign investors will shy away from shifting their businesses to the country quoting such examples.”