PU female students’ data sold out on dark web: report


A major hacking scandal, which is said to be biggest in Pakistan, has unearthed as the stolen data of various female students of Punjab University (PU) was sold out on ‘Dark Web’, according to a private news channel.

The latest revelations raised eyebrows of many regarding measures taken by cybersecurity units working across the country to curb such criminal activities on the internet.

According to the report, stolen data of the varsity’s female students, including phone numbers, photos and videos, was being traded to Dark Web users.

“The stolen data was transacted in renowned decentralised digital currency, Bitcoin, while this heinous business is still going on,” the report stated. Further details regarding the number of individuals whose data was stolen and major sources of information collection sniped by hackers are yet to be known.

When contacted, Punjab University (PU) officials said that no information of female students existed on the varsity’s official website.

“PU administration has written a letter to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and exchange of information will be made after the commencement of formal probe,” the spokesperson confirmed.

The spokesperson said that the varsity will take strict action against the persons responsible for hacking personal data of its students.

The FIA cyber crimes’ circle has also initiated a thorough investigation into the matter.