Mubashar Shahzad, a resident of Kasur, was arrested after the National Response Centre for Cyber Crime (NR3C) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) traced his IP (internet protocol) address, FIA Director Usman Anwar told The Express Tribune.
He said Umair Qazi, a senior manager of a cellular company, had filed a complaint with the FIA a few days ago. The complainant said information on company’s consumers till 2006 had been leaked over the internet.
“A technical/forensic analysis found that the website [www.earlysms.com] was being hosted by hosterpk. The FIA traced the IP address, email address and phone number of the suspect through the host company,” he said.
He said an FIA team had arrested Shahzad in a raid after they traced the IP address to a shop in Ghalla Mandi, Noorpur, Kasur.
“The team seized computers containing folders named Warid data… two desktop computers, hard drives and portable passport drives were seized from the shop.”
He said the NR3C laboratory in Lahore found that the seized drives contained the cellular network’s database.
Anwar said the website had been blocked.