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Ransomware virus hits state-owned ‘Insurance Company’

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ISLAMABAD: Malicious software Ransomware reportedly infiltrated computers of the government-owned insurance company, local media reported on Friday.

An alert was issued across the country soon after the attack.

State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, an insurance company run by the state, has issued precautionary measures and recommendations to its staffers in order to prevent the organization’s computers from getting infected.

The report said that several computers of various organizations were reportedly under cyber attacks while infiltrating the malicious software to computers of at least three famed hospitals, a cement factory, and an oil refinery company.

Cyber security experts demanded the government to immediately take notice of the cyber attacks and constitute a ‘Cyber Incident Response Committee’.

Meanwhile, the State Bank of Pakistan has directed all commercial banks to upgrade their operating systems and boost security in the computers by updating the anti-ware and virus software to prevent any hacking bid.

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Rao Anwar Case: ATC sends former SSP on judicial remand till 2nd of May!

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KARACHI: Former SSP Rao Anwar, allegedly involved in extra-judicial killings – including of Naqeebullah Mehsud – has been sent to jail on judicial remand till 2nd day of May.

Rao Anwar, eleven of his incarcerated and fourteen bolted subordinates are accused of kidnapping Naqeebullah Mehsud for ransom and murdering him and other three detainees in an orchestrated ‘encounter’.  The staged killing was termed as an encounter against militants by policemen. 

The gang has also been booked in a case for foisting hand-grenades and pistols on the four victims after murdering them. Citing the planted arms and explosives a fabricated case was also registered by Rao Anwar gang against the deceased. 

Anwar along with other suspects has also been booked in a case for foisting pistols and hand grenades on Mehsud and three others after killing them in the shootout, and later registering a false case against the deceased under the Sindh Arms Act for illegal possession of arms and explosives.

 

 

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ACE nabs assistant commissioner of Darya Khan for embezzling millions!

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SARGODHA: Anti-Corruption Establishment (ACE) Sargodha region has informed about the arrested of Assistant Commission (AC) Darya Khan for embezzling Rs 14.01 million.

ACE authorities said that Facto Group had purchased property of Adam Sugar Mills in 2015. The Facto Group in collusion with the existing AC Darya Khan and the then Sub Registrar Sajid Safdar had embezzled Rs 14.01 million by transfering fee after showing low value of the property, thus causing a loss to national exchequer.

ACE Director Asim Raza had constituted a 4-member investigation team to probe into the matter. 

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N. Waziristan: Third phase to repatriate IDPs commences!

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ISLAMABAD: Third phase to repatriate Internally Displaced People (IDPs) of North Waziristan agency from Afghanistan has commenced.

FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) official said that all arrangements were made to bring back IDPs through Ghulam Khan area into Pakistan and they are making efforts to repatriate all IDPs in third phase.

The Official said eight families returned to Pakistan on Wednesday adding that only five families had reached North Waziristan from Khost through Ghulam Khan crossing point.

He said that arrangements were made for the return of fifty to sixty families on daily basis. The Official said that it was final phase of repatriation and IDPs of North Waziristan should reach to Gulan Khan camp, Khost.

All benefits of IDPs will be given to those, who will arrive Pakistan through Ghulam Khan. The officials admitted that IDPs had showed concerns about their vehicles in Afghanistan but only IDPs would be sent back home on priority basis while matter of vehicles would be resolved latter on.

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