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Details how Pakistan arrested one of the most wanted cybercriminals

Additional details behind the arrest of Noor Aziz Uddin, a criminal once on the FBI cybercriminal most wanted list, begin to emerge.

Published Apr 2, 2015 4:40 AM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 12:08 PM CST

Following an international manhunt dating back two-and-a-half years, the FBI's most wanted cybercriminal was captured in Pakistan earlier this year. Noor Aziz Uddin, a 52-year-old responsible for spearheading a global phone fraud ring, was one of the FBI's most wanted cybercriminals.

Details how Pakistan arrested one of the most wanted cybercriminals |

Despite traveling between the United Arab Emirates, Malaysia, Pakistan, Italy and New Jersey, Uddin's ability to hide began to unravel after federal Pakistani authorities received a phone number reportedly linked to him. The Federal Investigation Agency in Pakistan was able to use the phone's GPS coordinates, with help from Uddin's wireless service carrier, to pinpoint his exact location.

The arrest occurred successfully without any violence.

Uddin and his accomplices operated a private branch exchange (PBX) hacking group, responsible for compromising phone landlines - and calling premium numbers which they reportedly operated. Uddin is currently awaiting trial in Pakistan, and the FBI could try to extradite him once his sentence is over - but there are thousands of hackers just like Uddin running similar PBX scams.


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