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Army Major caught spying for Pak, tip-off came from US

Discussion in 'International Relations' started by hotstud69, May 6, 2010.

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  1. hotstud69

    hotstud69 Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Headley twist in Andaman case, Army says hacking

    The Army Major who was questioned by Military Intelligence and Intelligence Bureau officials last month—after it was found that sensitive defence information was being transmitted from his computer to Pakistan—came to the attention of authorities in the US following leads given by Lashkar-e-Toiba operative David Coleman Headley.

    Senior Defence Ministry officials, reacting to The Indian Express report on Thursday, said Headley had passed on to the US officials the Internet Protocol address of an ISI operative with whom he was in touch. Interceptions of traffic on that IP address led to the dispatch of a photograph of a serving Indian Army Brigadier from a computer in the Andaman and Nicobar islands.

    As part of the Indo-US exchanges on the Headley case, this piece of information was also provided to Indian intelligence agencies and the officer was called for questioning to New Delhi. Later, forensic examination of the hard disk of his computer revealed erased files containing classified defence information, all of which had been transmitted to the same IP address in Pakistan.

    However, the Ministry of Defence has clarified that "the case was still under investigation and so far there are no evidences to suggest an espionage case." The MoD has described this as a case of "hacking by an external agency" which their officials now confirm is the ISI.

    The MoD has also said that following an inquiry, the officer has since returned to his unit in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and was not in "safe custody" as reported.

    What MI officials admit to at this stage even as the case is being investigated is that the officer seriously erred in saving classified information in his computer which was connected to the internet. Said a top official, "Given the recent cases of hacking in the Ministry of External Affairs and the National Security Council, the Ministry of Defence has issued regulations for such data and information not be downloaded on computers. The officer in question seriously erred in doing that and some administrative action will be taken against him shortly."



     
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  2. ek_indian

    ek_indian Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    Good job by counter intelligence agencies. Also very nice to see that US-India defence alliance is not a one way traffic.
     
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    Excellent job by the IB. Impressive, after Madhuri Gupta, another one busted. This should send a strong message for the other traitors out there.
     
  4. SpArK

    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Bad job IB, waiting for tip offs to find the mole and to this larger scale.

    Wonder what if.. there was nt any tip off from another nation and the scale of it would have gone??
     
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    hmm.. that does make sense ... But finally establishing an intelligence network with other intelligences services of other countries is also very important.
    Moles will always exist BOP, they exist in every country.
     
  6. Arjun MBT

    Arjun MBT Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    I say we hang the traitors to death, good work bursting him out
     
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    SpArK SorCeroR Staff Member ADMINISTRATOR

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    Any one in Army major level , you know about??:eek:
     
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    ISI Major hacked army officer's mail

    A serving Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) officer Major Sameer Ali hacked an Indian Army major's e-mail account in 2010 and extracted many sensitive documents, intelligence sources said. Ali has been named by India in the list of 50 'most wanted' terrorists sheltered by Pakistan for involvement
    in the Mumbai attacks conspiracy,

    The news of the hacking was given to Indian probe agencies by the FBI, which was then interrogating Mumbai attack accused David Coleman Headley. The US agency told the CBI Ali had been accessing an Indian Army officer's rediffmail account from the ISI headquarters.

    The hacked account was traced to Major Shantanu De of 21 Bihar Regiment, who was at that time posted in the Andamans. De's computer was seized and scrutinised jointly by the Intelligence Bureau, National Investigation Agency and the Military Intelligence.

    What was baffling was that his computer and e-mail had more than 4,000 sensitive documents - some of them marked 'secret' and 'top secret'-which he was not supposed to be in possession of, leading to suspicions of espionage on part of Major De.

    While the joint investigation cleared De, it came to light how an innocuous posting of his own photograph in uniform in the social networking site Orkut with his various details made him the ISI's target.

    He had collected the documents out of interest and also to prepare for his departmental exams that were slated for September 2010.

    De has since been demoted after being held guilty of violating the Army's Standard Operating Procedures on cyber security.

    Another of Ali's colleague in the ISI, Major Iqbal, who also figures in India's "most wanted" list, was Headley's handler for the ISI.

    On April 26, a US court had also chargesheeted Major Iqbal for conspiracy in the 2008 Mumbai terror strike. Iqbal's role has also been confirmed by Headley during his confessions.

    ISI Major hacked army officer's mail - Hindustan Times
     
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  9. Not Sure

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    It happens everywhere, and all the time. And I am sure many are working like that while we are busy typing here.

    But in this particular case, I am just amazed at the IB. A case of hacking? Oh damn it, today even a kid can plead not guilty for the same reasons.

    The case of the Chinese hacking sensitive computers all over the world, and then the case of the CBI's website getting hacked by Pakistani kids, this is the last thing one would want to hear. IB should have already been very careful and should have hired a few well skilled professionals to train those who may come in contact with such sensitive material.

    And then Indians don't miss a chance in showing off the massive manpower with software skills.

    Ya know, it's like, if my wallet was found at the scene of murder... then "wait, it was stolen a day before"... believe me you would, if you are the IB!
     
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    @speaks Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    You never know, may be they wanted some news to be hacked strategically???
     
  11. Tshering22

    Tshering22 Captain SENIOR MEMBER

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    Moles are there in a lot of countries and since they are called moles, they should be executed like how one kills a rat. Simple as that. Once proven, no appeal no final wishes-- a bullet between the eyes.
     
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