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WASHINGTON: Ten of the 32 individuals and entities sanctioned by US President Joe Biden on Thursday for participating in Russia’s alleged cybercrimes are based in Karachi and Lahore, shows an official US statement.

On Thursday, President Biden expelled 10 Russian diplomats and sanctioned almost three dozen individuals and companies in retaliation for a massive cyber-hacking of US federal agencies and interference in the 2020 presidential election.

On Friday, the US Department of the Treasury issued a statement identifying these individuals and entities. The list names some Pakistani individuals as well, including Ahmed, Shahzad (a.k.a. Amin, Shahzad) of Lahore, born 14 Dec 1987, national ID #3420204688179. The list includes several email addresses as well.

The official US statement says he has been booked under Cyber2, Election-EO13848, a 2018 executive order which imposes certain sanctions for foreign interference in a US election.

Another individual is Hasnain, Syed Johar of Karachi, born on Dec 30, 1987; national ID #4220106151401. He too is accused of interference in a US election.

Hayat, Muhammad Khizar, a.k.a. Hayat Jaffri of Karachi, born July 14, 1994; national ID # 4210191597005 faces the same charge.

As does Raza Mohsin (a.k.a. Amiri) of Karachi, born May 25, 1986; national ID # 4220198261523.

Raza, Mujtaba Ali (a.k.a. Lilani), Mujtaba Ali of Karachi, born Oct. 21,1987; who also has a digital currency address is also accused of interference in a US election.

As is Raza, Syed Ali (a.k.a. Zaidi), of Karachi, born Oct,1992; national ID #4220157603253. The list includes his cell phone numbers as well.

The statement says that all these individuals are involved in various IT companies and are linked to each other as well.

The companies are identified as Fresh Air Farmhouse, Karachi, phone number 923453272659; alt. phone number 923209299030.

The statement claims that the company is linked to Raza Mohsin and Raza, Mujtaba Ali.

Another company is simply identified as LikeWise, Shop # 5, Jamshed Quarters, Karachi, phone number 923452179668; and registration number 4220198261523. This company is also identified as linked to Raza, Mohsin and Raza, Mujtaba Ali.

The third company is M K Soft-Tech, 631-C, 6th Floor, Mashriq Center, Stadium Road, Karachi and this too is linked to Raza, Mohsin and Raza, Mujtaba Ali.

Secondeye Solution (a.k.a. Forwarderz), Karachi, only has a website and email addresses.

The US media noted that President Biden’s second round of sanctions aimed at Russian President Vladimir Putin were tougher and more sweeping than the last. Russia is accused of hacking the networks of at least nine federal agencies five months ago to gather US secrets in the SolarWinds cyberbreach.

Russia also allegedly tried to influence the 2020 presidential election by waging disinformation campaigns to help Donald Trump, mirroring meddling efforts in the 2016 election.

Russia has denied all the allegations and pledged to respond in kind. Last month, the US targeted seven Russian officials and more than a dozen government entities over the alleged poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.

In a call with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, Mr Biden vowed to defend US national interests “firmly”, while proposing a meeting with Mr Putin to find areas where the two countries could work together.

Mr Biden later told reporters he “was clear with President Putin that we could have gone further, but I chose not to do so”. The United States, he said, was “not looking to kick off a cycle of escalation and conflict with Russia”.

 

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How are Pakistanis being dragged into this?

Like don't Pakistan employ some sort of privacy laws to not have such information readily available. Goes to show that this is a witch hunt.
 

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How are Pakistanis being dragged into this?

Like don't Pakistan employ some sort of privacy laws to not have such information readily available. Goes to show that this is a witch hunt.
Long story short, basically there is a company in Pakistan called Second Eye Solution (SES) which is actually a front company that works with Russian intelligence services to verify an individuals fake identity by providing documents for passports, drivers licenses, and bank statements. This Pakistani front company worked with Russian FSB intelligence services to lure in US individuals with deep insider knowledge of critical Solarwinds infrastructure vulnerabilities and baited them into revealing those exploits using the deep cover provided by Pakistani firm SES to build trust with their US 'clients.' Russia's SVR intelligence services then used the knowledge of Solarwinds vulnerabilities obtained through deep cover vis a vis Pakistan's SES front company to conduct a cyberattack that planted a backdoor into every level of the US Federal Gov't and compromised US federal cybersecurity in numerous areas including the highly sensitive Treasury Dept, the State Dept, and the Dept of Defense. It is believed that Russia may have penetrated so deep into the US Federal Gov't that they may have gained access to highly classified and extremely sensitive secret documents to the extent that it will take decades for the US to recover from the Solarwinds cyberattack.
 
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These stupid Pakistani hackers needs to be careful. It's a serious matter and US wont hesitate to go to war with weaker countries if found guilty of cyber attacks.
 

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These stupid Pakistani hackers needs to be careful. It's a serious matter and US wont hesitate to go to war with weaker countries if found guilty of cyber attacks.
I have always been a strong proponent of a cyber doctrine.

Cyberattacks are the best way to f*** with your adversaries. When executed correctly, they can do a tremendous amount of damage that can set a country back decades.
 

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Please don't hate me for this but US should look to iran rather than Russia. Also our agencies should investage if the clan was working on behalf of Iran
 

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Long story short, basically there is a company in Pakistan called Second Eye Solution (SES) which is actually a front company that works with Russian intelligence services to verify an individuals fake identity by providing documents for passports, drivers licenses, and bank statements. This Pakistani front company worked with Russian FSB intelligence services to lure in US individuals with deep insider knowledge of critical Solarwinds infrastructure vulnerabilities and baited them into revealing those exploits using the deep cover provided by Pakistani firm SES to build trust with their US 'clients.' Russia's SVR intelligence services then used the knowledge of Solarwinds vulnerabilities obtained through deep cover vis a vis Pakistan's SES front company to conduct a cyberattack that planted a backdoor into every level of the US Federal Gov't and compromised US federal cybersecurity in numerous areas including the highly sensitive Treasury Dept, the State Dept, and the Dept of Defense. It is believed that Russia may have penetrated so deep into the US Federal Gov't that they may have gained access to highly classified and extremely sensitive secret documents to the extent that it will take decades for the US to recover from the Solarwinds cyberattack.
Just Wow!o_Oo_Oo_O
 

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Long story short, basically there is a company in Pakistan called Second Eye Solution (SES) which is actually a front company that works with Russian intelligence services to verify an individuals fake identity by providing documents for passports, drivers licenses, and bank statements. This Pakistani front company worked with Russian FSB intelligence services to lure in US individuals with deep insider knowledge of critical Solarwinds infrastructure vulnerabilities and baited them into revealing those exploits using the deep cover provided by Pakistani firm SES to build trust with their US 'clients.' Russia's SVR intelligence services then used the knowledge of Solarwinds vulnerabilities obtained through deep cover vis a vis Pakistan's SES front company to conduct a cyberattack that planted a backdoor into every level of the US Federal Gov't and compromised US federal cybersecurity in numerous areas including the highly sensitive Treasury Dept, the State Dept, and the Dept of Defense. It is believed that Russia may have penetrated so deep into the US Federal Gov't that they may have gained access to highly classified and extremely sensitive secret documents to the extent that it will take decades for the US to recover from the Solarwinds cyberattack.
Sounds bollywoodistic though.
 

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too fantastic to believe we cant operate without load shedding never mind turning on a computer.


operation talpiot - cyber war
 

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These allegations are likely false and designed to undermine the nascent Pakistan IT export sector by scaring potential Western clients away. The pro-India agenda of the US means we will not be allowed to quietly grow and compete in this critical field.
 

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