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Audio leaks: All eyes on dark web ‘hacker’ who announced to release secret conversations today

09:48 AM | 30 Sep, 2022
Audio leaks: All eyes on dark web ‘hacker’ who announced to release secret conversations today
Source: Twitter

ISLAMABAD – Social media users are using the term ‘Explosive Friday’ as a dark web hacker announced to release secret conversations of the 'bugged' Prime Minister’s House on Friday (today).

As the audio leaks scandal remained trending on social sites all over the week, experts claim that the data of all government and private websites including top civil-military leaders had been hacked and was available on the dark web.

The alleged and potentially embarrassing audio leak made headlines and also exposed a security lapse that turned into an all-out national security incident as audio clips of conversations between top government figures, including Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Maryam Nawaz, Imran Khan, and others were surfaced.

The hacker in a social media post earlier revealed the end of negotiations with the incumbent government for the betterment of the country, saying all the audios will be released today.

https://twitter.com/Indishellgp/status/1574517518722797569

As per a picture doing rounds on the internet, the audios include interaction with journalists, government officials, military personnel, PM military head, personal and governmental dealings, interactions between the first family and extended family, conversations related to judicial appointees, engagements with foreign dignitaries and orders by the personnel involved.

Since the first release, hackers posted a number of tweets, warning several civil-military leaders while the masses are waiting for the next leaks.

Earlier, former information minister Fawad Chaudhry has claimed that conversations of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif have been put up for sale on the dark web for $3.5 million.

On Thursday, the hacker behind the scandalous audio leaks of the Prime Minister’s Office made new shocking revelations.

In a series of tweets, the ‘hacker’, who goes by the name @Indishellgp, claimed, "Of two Islamic countries that don’t recognize Israel, the smaller one facilitated the bigger one to acquire controlled software from the Jewish state. The smaller country is headed by a female."

Pegasus, a spyware developed by an Israeli company, has been making headlines for months as this ‘hacker for hire’ company provided services to intelligence agencies and governments around the world for spying on rivals, journalists, activists and dissidents.

According to a tweet by the 'hacker', "Officers from the Strategic Plans Division, Signal Corps, ISSRA, ISI, and the PS-COAS, led a secret delegation to the smaller state to formalize the procurement. Equipment and training were both part of the agreement.

"Takeaway here is that the military high command did not trust the ISI to be the sole operating body in this venture. Perhaps indicatory of the military’s long fear of an over-powerful intelligence branch.

"A substrate injection was prompted into the victim’s device allowing it to be used for surveillance at will.

"PM office was never bugged. But, in the next few years; every phone of interest in Pakistan was latched with Pegasus. Political heads, executives, provincial/federal legislators, senators, judicial membs, journalists, secretaries, and even the top/middle brass were surveilled."

The ‘hacker’ further claimed that "with different political loyalties in the military, a tug of war began with different factions releasing different audio snippets to their advantage."

"When a certain general in a very important office, began a some what aggressive campaign to support an incumbent government, he was removed and relocated. This created a gap which would not be filled to the current day,” one of the tweets read.

In the end, the ‘hacker’ highlighted that "the military always has one advantage over its civilian counterpart; information."

"But now the tide has changed. I have the same tranche of audios and material data that the military has been collecting for years. I have everything. Let the games begin."

In a previous tweet, the 'hacker’ had warned 'Mr. 13' in a veiled reference towards some army general. "Your time is up Gen...", it read.

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Rupee recovers marginally against US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham and Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee saw marginal improvement against US dollar as it appreciated in the open bank market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Thursday, the US dollar moved up and was being quoted at 285.3 for buying and 288.15 for selling.

Euro moves down to 311 for buying and 314 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 358.5 for buying, and 361.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78 whereas the Saudi Riyal rate stands at 76.20.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 30 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.3 288.15
Euro EUR 311 314
UK Pound Sterling GBP 358.5 361.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 78 78.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.2 77
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.67 767.67
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.63 36.98
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.49 1.56
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 926.7 935.7
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 325.9 328.4
Thai Bhat THB 8.23 8.38

Gold rates in Pakistan increase; Check today’s gold rates 30 November 2023

KARACHI – The gold price continues to climb up in the local market in line of upward trend in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 30 November 2023

On Thursday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,600, and the price for 10-gram gold reached Rs187,420.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs200,380, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs191,275 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,950.

In international market, the price of precious metal hovers around $2,045 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Karachi PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Islamabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Peshawar PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Quetta PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sialkot PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Attock PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujranwala PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Jehlum PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Multan PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Bahawalpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Gujrat PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nawabshah PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Chakwal PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Hyderabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Nowshehra PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Sargodha PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Faisalabad PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675
Mirpur PKR 218,600 PKR 2,675

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