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Four Hackers with Alleged Terrorist Links Arrested in Philippines

Law enforcement agencies have found evidence which links four arrested hackers to a terrorist group in Saudi Arabia.

According to the Philippines Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, it has arrested three men and one woman suspected of hacking AT&T customers in the US and were paid by a group in Saudi Arabia which finances terrorist activities across Asia.

The hacker terrorists were arrested in a joint operation carried out by the Philippines law enforcement agency and the FBI, which was investigating the hacking of US companies since 2009.

The terrorists arrested belong to a group called Jemaah Islamiyah, which has links to the Al Queda terrorist group and was responsible for the bombing in Bali in 2002, which had killed 202 people.

The terrorists were caught after the FBI discovered a paper trail of transactions made by the hackers in Philippines.

"FBI agents who have been investigating incessant hacking of telecommunication companies in the US and in the country since 1999 have uncovered paper trail of various bank transactions linking the local hackers to the Saudi-based cell whose activities include financing terrorist activities," the CIDG said in a statement reported Sun Star (opens in new tab).

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