Indian hackers caught spying on Pakistani lawmakers, generals and businessmen

An Indian computer hacking gang spied on Pakistani lawmakers, military leaders, and diplomats to monitor in on their private talks.

According to a report by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Sunday Times, the disclosures based on the leaked papers and undercover reporting in India by the reporters of the aforementioned organizations revealed that private British detectives were spying on hundreds of prominent people at the direction of “autocratic” rulers through the hacking gang based in India.

The paper claims that former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf was “the most famous Pakistan-related victim.”

Fawad Chaudhry, who was the information minister at the time, had his email account stolen on January 10 of this year. The hacker allegedly took a screenshot of Chaudhry’s inbox.

The leader of the hacker group, known as WhiteInt, is 31-year-old Aditya Jain, a sporadic cyber security expert on television. The group was operating out of a fourth-floor flat in a Gurugram neighbourhood.

The article claims that while Jain acknowledged having “hacked persons in the past,” he also asserted that he “did not know some of the people named on his database and denied hacking the others listed.”

The investigation revealed that at least seven of Jain’s clients were British private detectives.

The study indicated that many of the targets were British lawyers and members of wealthy families, including Ashok Hinduja and Robert Tchenguiz, two of the wealthiest families in the UK.

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