FBR cyberattack: Hackers currently selling network access for PKR 4,274,000

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A few days ago, the Federal Board of Revenue suffered a major cyberattack. Hackers managed to break the Hyper-V software by Microsoft, bringing down all the official websites operated by the tax machinery.

According to details, hackers have no access to the taxpayers’ information kept in a database by the FBR.

Speaking to a local news outlet, top FBR officials said, “Yes, the cyberattack affected all our online systems, but the data of citizens is fully secured.”

Meanwhile, the FBR has restored its official website dealing with all its tax-related functions.

Hackers had taken control of the tax authority’s system, which the FBR later recovered. However, the hackers still have the information they obtained. The access to the FBR’s system is now being sold off for PKR 4,000,000 on a Russian forum.

The hackers are currently selling the FBR’s network access for PKR 4,274,000. The group is also demanding PKR 4,000,000, or they will contaminate all the devices on the organization’s server and sell them to interested buyers. The identity of the hacker group is still not known.

The IT team of the FBR, including IT professionals and the Pakistan Revenue Automation Limited officials, recovered the FBR’s systems on Sunday.

The FBR’s websites, including an official website, return-filing ‘IRIS,’ FBR-Taxray, E-payment, e-registration sales tax refund status, the Tax-Assan App, income tax registration, refund modules, and customs clearance WEBOC were non-operational.

Sources have revealed that taxpayers could not file income tax returns, withholding statements, and monthly sales tax returns on Sunday.

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