ISLAMABAD – Minister of State for IT Anusha Rehman on Wednesday stated that Axact scandal has occurred due to absence of cyber crime law in the country.
She gave these remarks during meeting of the NA Standing Committee chaired by Captain (retd) Safdar.
The minister stated that this scandal has proved that cyber crime could easily take place in Pakistan.
Criminals involved in such activities are opposing the cyber crime bill, she added.
Ali Raza Abidi, another member of the committee, said truth behind Axact scandal would surface soon. He stressed that cyber crime bill is very crucial.
On Monday, the New York Times reported that Axact, a Pakistani software company is receiving millions of dollars by running a massive global scam of selling fake academic degrees using authentication certificates bearing the signature of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
The report said Axact portrays a vast education empire including hundreds of universities with “elegant names and smiling professors at sun-dappled American campuses”. The websites offer online degrees in dozens of disciplines and show endorsements, video testimonials, and authentication certificates bearing the signature of John Kerry.
The report cited former insiders, company records and a detailed analysis of its websites and said Axact’s main business has been to “selling fake academic degrees and turn it into an Internet-era scheme on a global scale”.