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India-based hacking group Qatar is targeting FIFA Cup critics, report revealed

Fifa World Cup 2022: An India-based computer hacking gang has targeted critics of the Qatar FIFA World Cup. This information has come to the fore in an investigation by British journalists. A leaked database in Britain’s Sunday Times and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has uncovered the hacking of a dozen lawyers, journalists and celebrities since 2019, the newspaper and bureau said in a statement. For this “a client also paid a commission.”

“This investigation strongly points to this client being the host of the World Cup: Qatar,” the report added. The statement also prompted Qatari officials to describe the allegation as “clearly false and without merit”. Among those targeted was Michel Platini, the former head of European football.

Platini, who was hacked ahead of talks with French police about World Cup-related corruption claims, told AFP he was “shocked and shocked” by the report. He will explore all possible legal avenues for what appears to be a serious “violation” of his privacy.

These people were also targeted

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The Sunday Times said in its report based on the joint investigation that London-based consultant Ghanem Nuseebeh, whose company Cornerstone produced a report on corruption related to the World Cup, was also targeted. Others included Nathalie Goulet, a French senator and outspoken critic of Qatar, for allegedly funding “Islamic terrorism” and Marc Somos, a German lawyer who complained about the Qatari royal family to the United Nations Human Rights Council.

hacking from gurugram

The newspaper alleged that the ‘mastermind’ of the hacking was a 31-year-old employee of an accountancy firm. However, the accused has denied these claims. Based in Gurugram, near Delhi, their network of computer hackers allegedly trapped their targets by using “phishing” techniques to gain access to their email inboxes, sometimes to control their computer cameras and microphones. Malicious software also installed.

‘Targeted more than 100 people’

Overall, the personal email accounts of more than 100 victims were targeted by gangs “on behalf of the autocratic states, British lawyers and investigators working for their wealthy clients”, the report said. These included politicians dealing with Russia-related issues such as former UK finance minister Philip Hammond. The Sunday Times said the gang also confiscated computers owned by Pakistani politicians and generals and monitored their conversations, “apparently at the behest of the Indian secret services.”

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