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AT&T workers bribed to infect firm's gear with malware, unlock phones, DOJ alleges

Misc News - Published on Thu, 08 Aug 2019

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US Department of Justice alleged that millions of AT&T phones were illegally unlocked thanks to bribes taken by company employees to infect the carrier's mobile network with malware that gathered info on proprietary protections, the. A case was opened against Muhammad Fahd, a 34-year-old man from Pakistan and Ghulam Jiwani, who's believed to be deceased. Fahd was arrested in Hong Kong in February and was extradited to the US over the weekend.

The Justice Department alleges that "Fahd recruited and paid AT&T insiders to use their computer credentials and access to disable AT&T's proprietary locking software that prevented ineligible phones from being removed from AT&T's network. The scheme resulted in millions of phones being removed from AT&T service and/or payment plans, costing the company millions of dollars."

The DOJ alleges that employees at the Bothell, Washington, call center were bribed between April 2012 and September 2017. At first, they were allegedly bribed to unlock Apple iPhones to be used on other networks. They were contacted through Facebook messages or by phone calls and given lists of IMEI phone codes and they then unlocked those phones for money. Later, they allegedly installed malware on AT&T's network to gather information on proprietary device protections, and still later, malware was installed that automated the unlocking process.

An AT&T spokesperson said in a statement that "We have been working closely with law enforcement since this scheme was uncovered to bring these criminals to justice and are pleased with these developments.”

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Posted By : TelecomGuru on Thu, 08 Aug 2019
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