[ISN] ISI Major hacked army officer's mail

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 00:15:36 -0500 (CDT)

By Sanjib Kr Baruah
Hindustan Times
New Delhi
May 16, 2011

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.


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