Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) along with Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) have been raiding across many cities to seize illegally Setup Gateways or VoIP stations across Pakistan.
According to PTA and FIA, they are doing combined operations to catch these illegally setup stations. List of some cities where raids have been conducted include
and many others
The basic purpose of these raids was to catch the Grey Operators which are using VoIP technology illegally. Usually these kind of exchange and stations are set up to make illegal calls and texts within Pakistan and across World.
During these raids many laptops, illegal SIM, routers and other things are taken in custody and people who are working there are arrested. Through arrested people FIA targets the mastermind of these stations and others exchanges.
According to PTA they are continuously monitoring the traffic channels going out and incoming to Pakistan. FIA conducts further investigation to get more details from the people arrested.
Gateway: A little Introduction
A gateway exchange is a switch that forms a channel between local and international gateways exchange allowing cross border connectivity. It has many valid uses but usually scammers use these for illegal purposes.
You may have seen sometimes that you getting an international call via a local number appearing on your screen that is kind of gateways setup where by they tap your personal calls.