Po­lice start spe­cial drives to com­bat cy­ber ter­ror­ism

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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.

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