Filipino police arrest 4 hacker suspects linked in AT&T attacks
It what appears to be terror group funded hacking group, Philippine police have arrested four people in connection with attacks aimed at AT&T. The hackers attempted to link AT&T mobile numbers with online customer accounts and were working on commission with a terrorist group linked to Muhammad Zamir, according the report.
CIDG director, Police Director Samuel D Pagdilao Jr., said the operation, which led to the arrest of the hackers and took place around the night November 23, resulted in almost $2 million in losses incurred by AT&T, though the company says its system was not breached.
The operation stemmed from a complaint filed by AT&T and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigations in regards to the activities of Filipino hackers. Computer and telecommunication equipment, believed to be used by the hackers, have also been confiscated by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
Gilbert Sosa, ATCCD chief, Police Senior Superintendent, said “Kwan and the other hackers in Manila were being used by the Zamir’s terrorists group to hack the trunk-line (PBX) of different telecommunication companies including the AT&T. Revenues derived from the hacking activities of the Filipino-based hackers were diverted to the account of the terrorists, who paid the Filipino hackers on a commission basis via local banks.”