On the same day that the U.S. Senate held a hearing on the Obamacare website and questioned its lack of cyber-security measures to secure users’ information, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s announced on Tuesday the names of two cyber criminals added to its “Cyber’s Most Wanted” list. The FBI is seeking information from the public regarding the two hackers’ whereabouts. Rewards ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 are being offered for information that leads to their arrest.
Cyber fugitives Farhan Arshad and Noor Aziz Uddinare wanted for their suspected roles in a global telecommunications hacking operation intended to defraud individuals, telecom companies, and government agencies within the United States and overseas.
Co-Conspirator Noor Aziz, a/k/a “Noor Aziz Uddin,” a/k/a “Noor Aziz Aziz Uddin,” a/k/a “Aziz Uddin,” was a Pakistani national who resided in Saudi Arabia and operated LinkedTel, a business purporting to provide premium telephone services. Co-Conspirator Farhan Arshad was a citizen of Pakistan and served as
Aziz’s business manager.
Arhsad and Uddin’s cybercrime spree resulted in losses to victims that amount to upwards of $50 million, the FBI claims.
“The ease with which these hackers compromised computer security measures in place is causing even more concern over the Obamacare website and its lack of protection of assets by the Health and Human Services and Internal Revenue Service as reported by congress and the news media,” said a former director of security and safety and computer security expert, Joseph Whelane.
U.S. law enforcement officials allege that during the course of about four-years, between 2008 and 2012, Arshad and Uddin bypassed Internet security measures and gained unauthorized access to business telephone systems.
The two accused hackers then used those telecom systems to initiate long-distance telephone calls to premium rate numbers through a scheme known as international revenue share fraud. The conspiracy caused the owners of the compromised telephone systems to be billed for services they neither ordered nor desired.
According to cybercrime experts, Arshad and Uddin are part of an international criminal ring that is suspected of extending into Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland, Spain, Singapore, Italy, Malaysia, and other locations.
Arshad and Uddin had been indicted for unauthorized access to a protected computer; conspiracy to gain unauthorized access to a protected computer; wire fraud; conspiracy to commit wire fraud; and identity theft.
“The FBI will not stand by and watch our cyber adversaries attack our networks; we will track down and arrest individuals who have made it their mission to spy on and steal from our nation and citizens,” said Richard McFeely, executive assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal, Cyber, Response, and Services Branch.
“Because cybercrime knows no boundaries, cyber criminals think they can hide overseas. But we are using our international partnerships and the publicity generated by our Cyber’s Most Wanted to ferret them out,” McFeely added.