Honey-trapped? Army of­fi­cials de­tain Lt Col, seal his of­fice

Of­fi­cer Be­ing Taken From Ja­balpur To Lucknow For Quizzing

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - NEWS NET­WORK

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.

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