[ISN] Pakistan Creates Cyber Crime Wing

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Date: Fri Mar 14 2003 - 00:28:41 PST

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    Associated Press 
    Mar. 13, 2003 PT
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A Pakistani security agency has launched a 
    special wing to combat cyber crimes in part because the country had to 
    rely on U.S. investigators to trace e-mails sent by the kidnappers of 
    American journalist Daniel Pearl a year ago. 
    "The purpose of establishing the National Response Center for Cyber 
    Crimes is to stop misuse of the Internet and trace those involved in 
    cyber-related crimes," Iftikhar Ahmad, spokesman for Pakistan's 
    Interior Ministry, told the Associated Press on Wednesday. 
    "The importance of this special wing was felt when Daniel Pearl was 
    kidnapped, and his captors started sending e-mails to newspapers," he 
    The Wall Street Journal correspondent disappeared on Jan. 23, 2002, 
    from Pakistan's southern city of Karachi. 
    On Jan. 27, 2002, the Journal and other media received an e-mail from 
    a group calling itself the National Movement for the Restoration of 
    Pakistani Sovereignty. The e-mail contained a photo of Pearl, 38, with 
    a gun to his head. 
    The FBI traced the e-mails, and police captured those who allegedly 
    sent them to the newspapers, but, on Feb. 21, 2002, the U.S. Embassy 
    received a videotape showing Pearl was dead. 
    "The National Response Center for Cyber Crimes will play a key role in 
    the days to come in tracing those terrorists who often use the 
    Internet or prepaid telephone cards to communicate messages to their 
    associates for carrying out acts of terrorism and other purposes," 
    Ahmad said. 
    The special wing has been established at the headquarters of an 
    intelligence agency in Islamabad, Pakistan's capital. 
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