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Now, Wi-Fi to come under intel watch

curbing cyber crimes
DEEPAK ACHARJEE
Now, Wi-Fi to come 
under intel watch

Beside monitoring mobiles, land phones and social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, intelligence and law enforcement agencies are now also going to intercept Wi-Fi networks to curb cyber crimes. An intelligence agency is going to purchase a Wi-Fi Interception System by this December, sources in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and intelligence agencies said.

WiFi is a technology that uses radio waves to provide network connectivity. At present, the use of Wi-Fi networks has seen an increase across the country.

At the same time, the intelligence agency will purchase a Mobile Interceptor-GSM cellular/mobile device subscriber “off-the air” Mass Interception System (GSM + Downgraded UMTS) for the same purpose, the sources added.

The Mobile Interceptor-GSM equipment can gather data from hundreds of phones in targeted areas; it can also perform denial-of-service attacks on phones and intercept conversations.

The PMO has prepared a proposal for purchasing the intelligence devices under the direct procurement method (DMP). The proposal would be placed at the next meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs.

As per the proposal, it will possible to strengthen the capacity and activities of intelligence agencies if the devices are purchased.

Talking to The Independent, a senior official of an intelligence agency said the devices will help to easily detect militant outfits as well as cyber criminals, who are trying to create anarchic situations by spreading propaganda on social media and other Internet networks.

“We are hopeful that no one will be spared for spreading propaganda or committing cyber crimes in the country,” he added. The National Telecommunication Monitoring Centre (NTMC) has recently purchased a vehicle mounted data interceptor (VMDI) to

help combat militancy and beef up security of VIPs in the country. The NTMC is tasked with tracking mobile and fixed-line phone calls for identifying and locating suspected militants and criminals.

According to sources, the home ministry has asked the Bangladesh Telecommuni-cation Regulatory Commi-ssion and intelligence and law enforcement agencies to strengthen the monitoring of social media to check the “spread of propaganda”.

A number of people spread propaganda from home and abroad via online news portals and blogs.  They upload objectionable videos and distorted photographs; they also make derogatory comments against the government, some of its organisations and some minority groups.


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