Man held for hacking, making government officials' fake Facebook accounts

Published: August 9, 2018
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The FIA official said that the transferred amount was sent to a bank account in Bashir's name who was actively engaged in online fraud. PHOTO: REUTERS

The FIA official said that the transferred amount was sent to a bank account in Bashir's name who was actively engaged in online fraud. PHOTO: REUTERS

PESHAWAR: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has arrested a Rawalpindi resident accused of hacking and making fake Facebook accounts of government officials.

Amir Bashir, the accused, was taken into custody for actively engaging in creating  fake accounts on the social media platform of public officials. He was also involved in hacking accounts.

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“He [Bashir] most recently hacked the former acting IGP Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Akhtar Ali Shah’s Facebook account and began asking his friends to send him money,” an FIA official told The Express Tribune.

He added that his Facebook friend Akhtar Ali Shah even transferred Rs20,000 to the accused.

The FIA official went on to say that the transferred amount was sent to a bank account in Bashir’s name who was actively engaged in online fraud.

The accused is currently in FIA custody in Peshawar.

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