Honey-trapped? Army officials detain Lt Col, seal his office
Officer Being Taken From Jabalpur To Lucknow For Quizzing
TIMES Bhopal/New Delhi: The Army’s counter-intelligence (CI) wing and Military Intelligence (MI) carried out searches at the official premises of a Lieutenant Colonel posted at a base headquarters in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh, on Wednesday, on suspicion that he might have fallen prey to a honeytrap or ‘spear phishing’ by Pakistan’s ISI.
Officials remained tightlipped on the operation, but sources say that the officer is from EME (Electronics & Mechanical Engineers) Corps and is posted at the 506 Army Base Workshop at Jabalpur. He was on the radar for the last two months and has been detained, they said. CI and MI officers moved in on him on Monday, said an officer.
The team arrived in 14-15 vehicles and started searching his office and quarters, said sources. There are multiple theories doing rounds and it’s not clear if he was honey-trapped or is being in- vestigated in a corruption case. It is also being alleged that the officer has fallen victim to spear phishing e-mails due to which some classified information got leaked.
Spear phishing is a targeted e-mail-spoofing attack, different from phishing for financial gain, and is solely aimed at unauthorised access to sensitive information.
The officer is being ques- tioned at the Army Central Command headquarters and will be taken to Lucknow for further investigation, said sources. His wife reportedly protested with senior officers when he was being questioned on Tuesday night. Sources say certain documents had been collected from his office. Forensic examination is underway after seizure of his computer. His office has been sealed. Last week, an IAF officer was arrested for leaking classified details of Indian operations to Pakistan. Probe revealed that it took seven months for ISI to honeytrap the officer.