Police start special drives to combat cyber terrorism
In an effort to prevent cyber terrorism, the Navi Mumbai police have started a special drive to find out the unsecured wireless internet systems in the city.
Officials from the city cyber cell are roaming around with special software through which they get to know if there is any unsecured WiFi systems in an area. The software traces the IP address of the owner and he or she receives a call from the police within a few minutes.
“Given the terror activities happening at other places of the country, it has really become dangerous to allow anyone to keep unsecured WiFi systems. Therefore we decided to start this special drive last week. We will get to know the total number of such WiFi systems detected in the city within next two to three days and then will decide the course of action to be taken against their owners,” said Pratibha Shendge, police inspector from the cyber cell.
The city police conducted a similar drive in March last year and detected over 700 unsecured WiFi systems. The owners were asked to serve notice asking to secure their systems.
Several incidents took place in the satellite city earlier, wherein cyber thieves hacked unprotected WiFi system sent threat mails to serve their vested interests.
One such mail was sent from a housing society in Sanpada just a few minutes before the Ahmedabad bomb blasts in 2008. Anti- terrorism squad ( Mumbai) later detected that case and arrested the culprits who hacked the WiFi system.
A similar mail was sent from Vashi, sector 17 just before Varanasi bomb blast in 2010.
“WiFi system could be hacked if it is not protected. Password and user id of any wireless system should be complicated. Those should be kept changing at a regular interval. Name of any family member, date of birth, mobile number among others should never be kept one’s password,” Shendge said.
“Likewise, we don’t suggest people to use open WiFi for their own safety. Passwords also should not be saved on their mobile phones,” she added.