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Pakistan targets cybercrime

Pakistan is launching a cybercrimes unit, partly because it had to rely on U.S. investigators to trace e-mails sent by the kidnappers of slain journalist Daniel Pearl.

Iftikhar Ahmad, spokesman for Pakistan's Interior Ministry, said the newly formed National Response Center for Cyber Crimes "will play a key role in the days to come in tracing those terrorists who often use the Internet or prepaid telephone cards to communicate messages."

"The importance of this special wing was felt when Daniel Pearl was kidnapped, and his captors started sending e-mails to newspapers," Ahmad said.

The FBI traced the e-mails, and police captured suspects, but they weren't able at the time to stop the killing of Pearl who disappeared in 2002.

Source: www.oaklandtribune.com

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