Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) arrested a Chinese national last week for skimming a private bank’s ATM. The bank management while observing the CCTV cameras, noticed some suspicious activities by two young individuals at the bank in Karachi. The bank contacted FIA on June 20 reporting that two young foreigners took extremely long time at the bank ATM doing some suspicious activities. A complaint was registered against the two lads.
On June 21, the bank management visited the ATM booth and found two skimming devices placed in the ATM. The first device was placed upon the card slot and the second one was implanted at the machines keypad area. These devices can quickly read the card number and the pin code of the user at the time of a transaction and thus the hackers can gather information about the bank’s customer, hack the card and use it to withdraw money.
FIA recovered both the devices and the CCTV footage to carry out further investigation in the case. Luckily for the bank, one of the Chinese visited the ATM a few hours later to read information from the devices. FIA took immediate action and arrested the criminal. After carrying out detailed investigation from the hacker, his name was found to be Xie Yi, who came to Pakistan on 18th June along with his friend Xie Rongjing.
Moreover, the FIA team also visited the place where the suspect was staying and after thoroughly searching the area, they found some electronic devices, two skimming devices, Chinese passports, and identity cards of the of the suspects along with different cards of various Chinese banks.
However, the arrested suspect denies the charges and claims that he did not know anything about the hacking attempts, and he was just following the orders of Xie Rongjing. Meanwhile, Rongjing has successfully fled away, and FIA team’s search for him is in full swing. They have also contacted the Chinese Embassy to provide them help regarding the case and finding Xie Rongjing.
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