Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Four people have been arrested in the Philippines for allegedly hacking into AT&T customers' phones as part of a plan to funnel money to a Saudi-based terror group that helped finance a deadly 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, India where 10 Pakistan-based gunmen laid siege to India's financial hub, killing 166 people. FBI spokeswoman Jenny Shearer says hackers targeted customers of AT&T making calls to expensive international premium-rate services. Police Senior Superintendent Gilbert Sosa says the Filipinos were being paid by a group originally run by Muhammad Zamir, a Pakistani arrested in Italy in 2007. Among the four people arrested was Paul Michael Kwan, previously arrested in 2007 (PDF) after the FBI began an international crackdown on groups suspected of financing militant activities. "Zamir's group, later tagged by the FBI to be the financial source of the terrorist attack in Mumbai, India, on November 26, 2008, is also the same group that paid Kwan's group of hackers in Manila," says Sosa. Philippine police say weak laws against cyber crime and poor technical capabilities had made the Philippines an attractive base for organised crime syndicates involved in cyber pornography, cyber sex dens, illegal gambling, credit card fraud and identity theft."