[ISN] Foreigners gave hacking lessons, says Peerbhoy

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2008 03:00:49 -0500 (CDT)

By A Ahmed Ali
The Times of India
October 8, 2008

MUMBAI: The Mumbai crime branch, which is investigating the hacking of 
Internet Protocol (IP) addresses by suspected IM terrorists, have now 
got the names of at least three other persons besides Mohammed Mansoor 
Asgar Peerbhoy, a principal software engineer with Yahoo.

Sources in the Intelligence Bureau (IB), who were the first to 
interrogate Peerbhoy, said the lecture on hacking which they had 
attended in Hyderabad had been held in the second week of May 2007.

Peerbhoy reportedly told the police that there were ten persons present 
and two, who were probably foreigners, had lectured him about hacking. A 
noted cyber guru of Hyderabad city, who assists the local police in 
cyber crime cases, is believed to have attended these lectures. A crime 
branch team has already left for Hyderabad to probe this aspect. 
Peerbhoy told police that his four-member team would arrive in Mumbai 
and Navi Mumbai from Pune on several occasions to identify the places 
from where there were strong WiFi signals. Peerbhoy told police that 
they would arrive in the city with three laptops in his personal Zen 
Estilo car (MHO4-CA 4493) driven by his chauffeur Ismail Choudhary.

After the work was over, two of them would take the State Transport 
Asiad buses from Dadar to Pune to avoid any checking on the way. 
Choudhary drove one of them to Pune by road.

The arrested accused have been identified as Afzal Mutalib Usmani, 
Mohammed Sadik Shaikh, Mohammed Arif Shaikh, Mohammed Zakir Shaikh, 
Ansar Ahmed Shaikh, Asif Bashir Shaikh, Mohammed Mansoor Peerbhoy, Mubin 
Kadar Shaikh, Mohammed Atiq Iqbal, Dastagir Phiroz Mujawar, Mohammed 
Akbar Chaudhary, Aniq Shafiq Sayed, Majid Akthar Shaikh, Yasir Anis 
Syed, Farooq Sharfuddin Tarkash, Fazal-e-Rehman Durani, Ahmed Bawa 
Abubakar, Mohammed Ali Ahmed, Javed Ali and Syed Noushad.

Although investigations will continue, sources said that their focus 
would now be on a watertight case.

"We have already begun collecting material evidence, like weapons, 
jihadi literature, indoctrination CDs, explosives, anaesthesia 
injections, laptops containing various numbers, hawala evidence and so 
on," said joint commissioner of police (crime) Rakesh Maria.

Additional commissioner of police Deven Bharti said that so far 
investigations had revealed that the module had in three years received 
about Rs 26 lakh through hawala operators. When asked why the accused 
had kept anaesthesia injections, Maria said that it could be because the 
module's founders, like Riyaz Bhatkal and Amir Raza, were former 
associates of gangster Aftaf Ansari, who was involved in a series of 
kidnappings in Kolkata. "We assume that the gang may be using the 
anaesthesia to sedate targets in case of emergencies," said Maria.

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