[ISN] Why India NEEDS to tackle cyber terrorism

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Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2012 00:50:08 -0600 (CST)

By Vicky Nanjappa in Bengaluru
Rediff News
January 01, 2012

In 2011, terrorist groups had launched a major drive to recruit jihadis 
online but it was not something that really worked too well for them as 
they didn't find many takers.

Although security agencies across the world can breathe a sigh of relief 
that not many recruitments took place online, security experts say that 
there is still cause for concern as it not something that terrorist 
groups would give up on.

In the year 2012, the internet is something that would continue to 
dominate in terror circles and despite having not so much of a 
successful 2011, these groups will continue to use the internet as their 
prime medium to both recruit and more importantly communicate with each 

Ronald Noble, former head of the United States secret service who is now 
the secretary general of the Interpol says in an interview in the 
Independent that the internet is giving terrorists new ways to plot mass 

India's National Investigation Agency which is considered to be the 
premier body fighting terrorism too has been foxed with the manner in 
which terrorists have been communicating using the internet.

Despite such awareness, laws and tight vigilance they always manage to 
put across their point to their fellow operatives using the internet. 
The use of the mobile phone is something that has become extinct in 
terrorist circles which has only gone on to make the job even harder.

Take the David Headley [ Images ] case for instance. Not a single person 
had a clue as to what the man was up to and neither did anyone think 
that such a major operation would be planned in such a simple manner.

Today, the NIA has even contacted the email providers for help. It is 
not so much about what they have spoken during the planning of the 26/11 
operation, but it would be extremely essential to know what they had 
planned for the future as well, NIA sources point out. Headley had 
various email ids.

The interesting part was that these were not mail addresses exclusive to 
Headley. These addresses had a common password which was accessible to 
him, Tawwahur Rana and the rest of the handlers such as Sajid Mir, Major 
Iqbal and Major Samir Ali.


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