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Karachi Police Arrest Software Engineer Involved in Mobile Phone IMEI Alteration

Karachi police have announced the arrest of a software engineer allegedly involved in altering IMEIs and cracking passcodes of snatched mobile phones in the city. According to reports, the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) for District West revealed that the arrested individual, identified as Marsal Khan, was operating from a mobile market located at Metroville Frontier Colony.

The SSP disclosed that Khan, leveraging his expertise as a software engineer, specialized in altering the IMEIs of stolen mobile phones, replacing them with those from cheaper, defective devices. This sophisticated operation allowed stolen phones to evade detection by law enforcement authorities.

During the course of the investigation, Khan confessed to procuring stolen mobile phones from robbers and subsequently modifying their IMEIs to facilitate their resale or continued use without being traced.

In a significant breakthrough, police officials seized several crucial pieces of evidence from Khan’s possession, including a laptop, devices used for altering IMEIs, dongle devices, a hard disk, and 13 stolen mobile phones.

The arrest of Khan underscores the evolving nature of crime in the digital age, where individuals with technical expertise exploit vulnerabilities in technology for illicit activities. Karachi police’s successful operation highlights their commitment to combatting such crimes and ensuring the safety and security of citizens in the city.

This arrest also serves as a reminder of the importance of collaboration between law enforcement agencies and the tech industry in addressing emerging threats posed by cybercriminals. Efforts to enhance cybersecurity measures and raise awareness about mobile phone security are crucial in safeguarding individuals against such crimes. Additionally, the apprehension of individuals like Khan sends a strong message to those engaging in illegal activities that they will be held accountable for their actions.

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