Combined US FBI and Philippine police agents arrested 4 people – all Christian Filipinos – with an alleged link to a supposedly terrorist group, Jemaah Islamiyah (J.I.) of Indonesia, for hacking the American telecommunication giant, AT&T.
As usual with this terror-related stories spun by the US, the four young Christian Filipino “hacker-terrorists” are involved in a sinister international web of terrorist organizations. The Filipino group is allegedly being financed by a “Saudi-based terrorist group and that these young computer wizards are being paid by alleged terrorist Muhammad Zamir.
Zamir is a Pakistani who is allegedly with the Indonesian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah. Zamir was reportedly arrested in Italy in 2007 yet he was also said to be responsible for the funding of operations for the Mumbai bombing in 2008. And now, Nov. 2011, the American FBI and Filipino police arrested 4 Filipinos and accused them of being paid by Zamir, who was arrested by the FBI FOUR YEARS ago.
Really, Mr. Zamir must have a lot of money. Strange, though. He has been arrested in 2007 for financing terror operations yet his bank accounts had not been frozen such that he is still free to fund bombing operations from Mumbai to Manila?!
Doesn’t really makes sense. But at least, these are NOT, repeat, NOT Muslims or Moros. Ooops, what does that make of the PROFILING system of the CIA/FBI?
As was discussed in the Republican presidential debates on Nov. 23 and supported by all the presidential candidates except for Ron Paul, according to CIA profiling, terrorists are usually “young Muslims”.
Really, those who believe in the terror stories of the CIA and FBI and Philippine police / military could only be children or adults with childlike intelligence who are fascinated with James Bond-like stories.
The complete story is below:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE” PNP – Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) News Release Authority : ATTY SAMUEL D PAGDILAO JR
Police Director, Director CIDG
Camp Crame, Quezon City
*Tel.: 09178888874 / Fax: (02) 705-1526 *Date *Thursday, November 24, 2011 *CIDG-FBI bust Manila hackers group link to JI terrorists*
Joint operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have busted a group of Filipino hackers whose operation is allegedly being financed by a Saudi-based terrorist group.
CIDG director, Police Director Samuel D Pagdilao Jr. said that last night’s operation stemmed from the complaint of AT&T, a US-based telecommunication company and the FBI regarding the activities of Filipino hackers who hacked the system of AT&T. The hacking activity resulted to almost $2-million in losses incurred by the company.
Pagdilao said that armed with several search warrants, members of the CIDG’s Anti-Transnational and Cyber Crime Division (ATCCD) and FBI agents struck at several target areas in Metro Manila last night that resulted in the arrests of four suspects and the confiscation of computer and telecommunication equipment believed to be used by the suspects in their hacking activities.
ATCCD chief, Police Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa identified the arrested suspects as Macnell Gracilla, 31, a native of Carmen Rosales, Pangasinan and resident of Unit 5, Montiville Place, Greenville Subdivision, Sauyo, Quezon City; Francisco Manalac, 25, and his live-in partner Regina Balura, 21, both of # 89 Sampaguita Extension, East Bagong Barrio, Calooocan City, and Paul Michael Kwan, 29, of # 21 Hebrew St., West Bagong Barrio, Caloocan City.
Sosa added that prior to last night’s arrest of Kwan, the suspect has been arrested in 2007 by Philippine authorities following the international crackdown launched by the FBI against suspected terrorist cells involved in financing terrorist activities.
Sosa said that FBI agents who have been investigating incessant hacking of telecommunication companies in the US and in the country since 1999 have uncovered paper trail of various bank transactions linking the local hackers to the Saudi-based cell whose activities include financing terrorist activities.
Sosa said that in 2007, FBI operatives have arrested Pakistani Jemaah Islamiyah member Muhammad Zamir in Italy. Zamir’s group, who was later tagged by the FBI to be the financial source of the terrorist attack in Mubai, India in November 26, 2008, is also the same group that paid Kwan’s group of hackers in Manila.
Sosa said that 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.
After Zamir’s arrest in 2007, a Saudi-national took helm of the operation of the group, who also maintained its link with the group of Filipino hackers based in Manila.
On March 2011, FBI authorities requested the CIDG-ATCCD assistance after they found out that the group has targeted the AT&T in the US and that the same group of Filipino hackers is involved.
Pagdilao said that the recent arrest of Filipino hackers tied to a group involved in financing terrorist activities should serve as a wake-up call to legislators to speed-up the passage of the Cyber Crime Prevention Bill now pending in Congress in order to address proactively the threat of cyber crime terrorists who have made the country their base of operations.