FPSC confirms privacy of its question papers

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  • FIA arrests perpetrator behind this cybercrime from Faisalabad

A special committee of the Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) to investigate in to the matter of leakage of questions has confirmed a strong and foolproof mechanisms to maintain secrecy and confidentiality of the question papers as well as other related information.

The FPSC chairman, keeping in view the gravity of the issue of the alleged leakage of questions of the question papers for the Central Superior Services (CSS) Exam 2017, constituted a departmental committee with the mandate to probe into the matter internally.

The committee suspected a social media (Facebook) account in question to be fake and information to be of edited category. Despite the report of the committee, the FPSC without complacence waited for the report of the Federal Investigation Authority.

Finally, the FIA was able to track the original perpetrator behind this cybercrime and arrested him from Faisalabad. His name was identified to be Muhammad Arif Khan. During the investigation, following was establish by the FIA:

(i) That the claim of Muhammad Arif Khan viz-a-viz guess questions pertaining to CBS-2017 examination was a standalone act and was totally divorced from reality. Muhammad Arif Khan had appeared almost 17 times, before the FPSC, as a candidate against various posts. However, he could not qualify in any of such attempts. Such repeated failures infuriated him to an extent that he, in order to vent his failure, undertook cybercrime against FPSC.

(ii) That on February 16, Muhammad Arif Khan edited his earlier posts and thereby tried to prove the veracity of his claims.

(iii) That Muhammad Arif Khan had no access to the FPSC database meaning thereby that the systems of FPSC were impregnable to date. The FIA has registered a first information report (FIR) in this regard and the suspect is being charge sheeted in the relevant court of law. With this, the perpetrator of such cybercrime would be brought to justice.

It was alleged that two topics related to English essay and two questions related to current affairs papers were similar to the guess questions placed on the social media, on January 26 and 31, by some Facebook account holder under the title ‘Sadia Kousar.’ As per news item, the said user had been charging money for sharing of such guess questions.

As the social media account was deactivated/deleted by the user therefore the FIA sought help from Facebook authorities for locating the IP address/contact details of the holder of the account. The FIA has also been in contact with other agencies and departments including the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA), the Integrated Border Security System to trace the account holder.