AT&T phone hacks in Philippines linked to terrorist group

Law enforcement officials in the Philippines have uncovered a potential link between phone hacking and terrorism with the arrest of four people last week, the New York Times reports.

Raids by the country's Criminal Investigation and Detection Group led to the arrests of three men and one woman who are accused of hacking into the accounts of AT&T users to divert money to a group with links to al Qaeda.

The hacking, which the FBI said may have begun as early as 2009, was used to make telephone calls that transferred money to suspects tied to Jemaah Islamiyah. The terrorist group was responsible for the bombings in Bali, Indonesia, that claimed the lives of 202 people in 2002.

The number of AT&T customers affected is unknown, but the company says it has reimbursed everyone whose account was hacked.

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