In a case against an email address that sent a phony threatening email to New Zealand officials, the cyber-crime unit of federal investigators (FIA) has filed a complaint, and the tourists to Pakistan have subsequently withdrawn from the tour.
The case was filed on the basis of a complaint filed by Inspector Muhammad Waseem under Section 506 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code, 1860, in accordance with Section PECA 2016.
An email was sent to New Zealand Police with the ulterior goal of coercing, intimidating, and causing alarm and insecurity in the government and general public as well as creating a threat to international peace, according to a criminal complaint filed against the perpetrators.
This was followed up by a statement saying that intelligence from Interpol had indicated that a threatening email had been received to email@example.com from the false email account registered under the name of Hamza Afridi, with the subject line reading, ‘Terror attack coming.’
The International Criminal Police Organization (ICPO), with the assistance of Google, discovered that the IP address used to register the email account was located in Singapore, whilst the IP address of the device via which the email was sent was connected to an Indian server.
In a joint press conference with the Interior Minister on Wednesday, Pakistan’s Information Minister revealed that the country had approached Interpol about fraudulent email IDs and threat alerts. He also revealed the Indian strategy that drove New Zealand to cancel a tour of Pakistan because of security concerns.