Intelligence & National Security Discussion

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Postby Philip » 23 Aug 2013 20:05

I don't think the nation has displayed the seriousness and grave vulnerability in our intel networks,which has been revealed by the Snowden exposes.The secret JV between the NSA and the UK's GCHQ in setting up global bases to intercept all digital communications,also involving the secret deals with telecom cos. ,which give "Big Brother" an almost total ability of surveillance of every human who uses modern commn. devices.Every aspect of their normal day-to-day lives,from financial matters,lifestyle and personal details can be documented and the ability to manipulate their affairs is unprecedented.Used in intel gathering compromising the nation's defence by tapping into defence commns.,public servant's commns.,,covert tapping of undersea cables,etc., poses a huge breach of security.No wonder the Russians are reverting back to old-fashioned typewriters for top secret files! Time to dust off my old Olivetti!

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/po ... 81082.html

Britain runs a secret internet-monitoring station in the Middle East to intercept and process vast quantities of emails, telephone calls and web traffic on behalf of Western intelligence agencies, The Independent has learnt.

The station is able to tap into and extract data from the underwater fibre-optic cables passing through the region.

The information is then processed for intelligence and passed to GCHQ in Cheltenham and shared with the National Security Agency (NSA) in the United States. The Government claims the station is a key element in the West’s “war on terror” and provides a vital “early warning” system for potential attacks around the world.


The Independent is not revealing the precise location of the station but information on its activities was contained in the leaked documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden. The Guardian newspaper’s reporting on these documents in recent months has sparked a dispute with the Government, with GCHQ security experts overseeing the destruction of hard drives containing the data. *(Bahrein ? This seems to be the best location,where the US also has mil. bases.ME Gulf specialists like Shyam and JEM,a good task for you guys! ).

The Middle East installation is regarded as particularly valuable by the British and Americans because it can access submarine cables passing through the region. All of the messages and data passed back and forth on the cables is copied into giant computer storage “buffers” and then sifted for data of special interest.

Information about the project was contained in 50,000 GCHQ documents that Mr Snowden downloaded during 2012. Many of them came from an internal Wikipedia-style information site called GC-Wiki. Unlike the public Wikipedia, GCHQ’s wiki was generally classified Top Secret or above.

The disclosure comes as the Metropolitan Police announced it was launching a terrorism investigation into material found on the computer of David Miranda, the Brazilian partner of The Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald – who is at the centre of the Snowden controversy.

Edward Snowden (AFP/Getty) Edward Snowden (AFP/Getty)

Scotland Yard said material examined so far from the computer of Mr Miranda was “highly sensitive”, the disclosure of which “could put lives at risk”.

The Independent understands that The Guardian agreed to the Government’s request not to publish any material contained in the Snowden documents that could damage national security.

As well as destroying a computer containing one copy of the Snowden files, the paper’s editor, Alan Rusbridger, agreed to restrict the newspaper’s reporting of the documents.

The Government also demanded that the paper not publish details of how UK telecoms firms, including BT and Vodafone, were secretly collaborating with GCHQ to intercept the vast majority of all internet traffic entering the country. The paper had details of the highly controversial and secret programme for over a month. But it only published information on the scheme – which involved paying the companies to tap into fibre-optic cables entering Britain – after the allegations appeared in the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung. A Guardian spokeswoman refused to comment on any deal with the Government.

A senior Whitehall source said: “We agreed with The Guardian that our discussions with them would remain confidential”.

But there are fears in Government that Mr Greenwald – who still has access to the files – could attempt to release damaging information.

He said after the arrest of Mr Miranda: “I will be far more aggressive in my reporting from now. I am going to publish many more documents. I have many more documents on England’s spy system. I think they will be sorry for what they did.”

David Miranda, left, with Glenn Greenwald (AP) David Miranda, left, with Glenn Greenwald (AP)

One of the areas of concern in Whitehall is that details of the Middle East spying base which could identify its location could enter the public domain.

The data-gathering operation is part of a £1bn internet project still being assembled by GCHQ. It is part of the surveillance and monitoring system, code-named “Tempora”, whose wider aim is the global interception of digital communications, such as emails and text messages.

Across three sites, communications – including telephone calls – are tracked both by satellite dishes and by tapping into underwater fibre-optic cables.

Access to Middle East traffic has become critical to both US and UK intelligence agencies post-9/11. The Maryland headquarters of the NSA and the Defence Department in Washington have pushed for greater co-operation and technology sharing between US and UK intelligence agencies.

The Middle East station was set up under a warrant signed by the then Foreign Secretary David Miliband, authorising GCHQ to monitor and store for analysis data passing through the network of fibre-optic cables that link up the internet around the world

The certificate authorised GCHQ to collect information about the “political intentions of foreign powers”, terrorism, proliferation, mercenaries and private military companies, and serious financial fraud.

However, the certificates are reissued every six months and can be changed by ministers at will. GCHQ officials are then free to target anyone who is overseas or communicating from overseas without further checks or controls if they think they fall within the terms of a current certificate.

The precise budget for this expensive covert technology is regarded as sensitive by the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office.

However, the scale of Middle East operation, and GCHQ’s increasing use of sub-sea technology to intercept communications along high-capacity cables, suggest a substantial investment.

Intelligence sources have denied the aim is a blanket gathering of all communications, insisting the operation is targeted at security, terror and organised crime.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Philip » 25 Aug 2013 19:42

I don't know whether serious note is being taken of reports about terrorist infiltration through Sri Lanka to attack Tamilnadu targets.For a long time I've warned about ISI/LTTE cooperation via the island.The ISI is very active in the island and have been suspectd of close ties with the Eelamists.The report that the intruders would be coming from Jaffna is therefore significant.

http://newindianexpress.com/states/tami ... 751443.ece

Man detained in Rameswaram on suspicion

By PTI - RAMESWARAM

Published: 25th August 2013 04:52 PM

Last Updated: 25th August 2013 04:52 PM

Amid heightened security following intelligence that terrorists might sneak into this island from Sri Lanka, Police today detained a 32-year-old man from Andhra Pradesh on suspicion.

Gopi was picked up by "Q" Branch police at Pisasu Munai (Ghost Point) during the intensified patrol. They found him having a mobile phone with 'enormous contact numbers', police said but did not elaborate.

He was detained after his replies during the initial questioning were contradictory and created suspicion about him, police said adding further interrogation was on.

Security has been put on high alert in the island since last week following an alert from the Intelligence Bureau that terrorists plan to sneak in through the Palk Strait from Jaffna in Sri Lanka and attack Madurai and Mayiladuthurai in the state.

According to the alert, eight terrorists plan to infiltrate into the country by sea and coastal people have been advised to inform police in case they noticed any strangers.

Patrolling of coastal areas has been intensified since August 21 night.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby kit » 28 Aug 2013 01:38

India is mainly like a free for all soft target for all foreign intelligence agencies., and intelligence 'sharing' should never happen with any foreign country esp the US

http://www.smartwar.org/2013/05/why-did ... yan-fogle/

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Surya » 28 Aug 2013 06:23

more fallout from the monitoring drama

how EU and UN were monitored :)

http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 18625.html

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby kit » 28 Aug 2013 08:22

You have to give it to the americans .. They will get you to spy on others and at the same time use it at same time to spy on you .. wonder what happened in india in the aftermath of the NY disaster..

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Austin » 28 Aug 2013 08:36

Its easier for NSA to spy on UN or EU office as they are based out right in the heart of their own city , so all communication needs etc are being catered to by US companies ...all that NSA has to do is to decrypt the communication with the best possible equipment at their disposal. Not to mention the enormous amount of HUMINT without restrictions they can bring in any time at their own territory.

They should move the UN to a more neutral nation if they want to reduce spying not just by US but by other nation , it would just make it that much difficult but wont eliminate it.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Austin » 29 Aug 2013 11:21

Indian Mujahideen founder Yasin Bhatkal arrested
Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged founder of Indian Mujahideen was on Thursday arrested from Nepal border.

Another IM operative Asadullah Akhtar alias haddi was also arrested with him.

A home ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, has confirmed that the NIA has arrested the IM terrorist from Nepal.

He is wanted in many terror cases across India and also listed on the NIA's Most Wanted list.

He was allegedly involved in the 2012 Pune bomb blasts and is said to have been the one who planted the bomb in the German Bakery bomb blasts.

For long, counter-terrorism units of 12 states — Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal — failed to capture the man who was named by some as “the ghost who bombs”.

According to security experts, Bhatkal’s free run so far was foremost the lack of a national database on criminals or terror suspects.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby member_25399 » 29 Aug 2013 11:31

^^ Not being cynical, but how come the establishment became so active suddenly.
First Tunda, then him and FBI actually helping out. Just curious :?:

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby abhijitm » 29 Aug 2013 12:44

Great news. Lot of them getting arrested near indo nepal border. Strange coincident.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Dilbu » 29 Aug 2013 13:23

Asian Defence Diplomacy: AK Antony is AWOL, Again
As the United States and China step up their defence diplomacy in Southeast Asia, India seems determined to step away. For the second time in three months, the Indian defence minister A.K. Antony has dropped out from a critical multilateral engagement in Asia.

Antony's casual attitude towards defence diplomacy widens the gap between the region's growing expectations of a leading Indian role in Southeast Asian security and Delhi's disappointing performance.

Last June, Antony refused to travel to the annual Shangri La Dialogue on defence issues in Singapore convened by the International Institute of Strategic Studies. This week Antony has now pulled out at the very last minute from an even more important regional defence forum organised by the ten-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

India will be represented at the meeting by the minister of state, Jitendra Singh, but the damage is done. For Antony's absence reinforces the widespread perception in the region that Delhi is not serious about defence cooperation with Asian friends.

Called the ADMM (ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting) Plus, the meeting brings together the ASEAN defence ministers with their counterparts from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby sum » 29 Aug 2013 13:58

Yasin Bhatkal’s arrest isn’t the end of the Indian Mujahideen

The interesting point was:
There was a long list of men, though, who evaded police, and are still at large—among them Azamgarh’s Mirza Shadab Beg, Shahnawaz Alam, and Muhammad ‘Bada’ Sajid, Gujarat’s Alamzeb Afridi, Mahrashtra’s Zulfikar Fayyaz ‘Kagazi’ and Rahil Sheikh, and Asadullah Akhtar’s own alleged co-conspirator in the Hyderabad bombings, Uttar Pradesh resident Ariz Khan.

Key leaders, more important, also escaped the police: operational commander Riyaz Shahbandri, his brother and top ideologue Iqbal Shahbandri, and the man who liaised between the network’s various cells, Abdul Subhan Qureshi. The ganglord who financed them all, Bihar’s Amir Raza Khan, is also still at large.

Each of these men could be—and perhaps already is—the next Yasin Bhatkal.


Lots of pigs still to be hunted down.

Only hope that the IB officers who did this operation aren't mercilessly hounded by a future "uber-secular" govt like how the Ishrat Jahan folks were victimised

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby member_23455 » 29 Aug 2013 14:16

:eek: Surprised no one is accusing Praveen Swami of being an IB stooge now and not revealing the real story behind Tunda, Bhatkal...and the others to come!

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the meeting brings together the ASEAN defence ministers with their counterparts from the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, Russia, India, Australia and New Zealand.[/quote][/quote]


Makes no sense going to a meeting where Chinese are, usually bs meetings.



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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby vishvak » 30 Aug 2013 14:13

Finally just one guy who did all blasts, planning murders and maiming alone is caught. How much and what info comes out in public domain is to be seen.

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Postby Sanku » 30 Aug 2013 15:36

CCTV Footage of Yasin Bhatkal at Pune's German Bakery

Was this footage released before? If not this was a good move/achievement by the IB et al to not leak leads they have till they acted on it.

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Based on the below OLD link, the police had a clue, but were tight lipped. Good job.

Pune blast: CCTV footage shows 2 persons walking into bakery with bag

ATS sources said the footage was being analysed. ``The footage shows two persons walking inside German Bakery with a bag,'' said one source. However, they maintained that jumping to any conclusion would be premature at this stage of the probe as the footage details needed to be corroborated. The images, however, were of the backs of people, and it wasn't clear if faces could be seen clearly enough for identification, said a home department official.


NIA however said that it wanted the clip because Yasin Bhatkal was in it. Now I wonder why they did that

German bakery blast: NIA seeks CCTV footage

According to the agency, the footage shows that the man who planted the explosive substance was Yasin Bhatkal, alleged founder of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen. NIA filed its application along with the death confirmation petition of Mirza Himayat Baig, the lone convict in the blast case in which 17 people, including five foreigners, were killed.

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Postby abhishek_sharma » 31 Aug 2013 09:02

Three New Books on Counterterrorism

The word “secret” has ceased to have much meaning in the context of the CIA. It seems as though every aspect of the “war on terror” has now been documented in detail, with few identities left hidden or operations left unrevealed. Mazzetti’s fine account traces the embrace of drone-assisted targeted killing by an organization that began the century prohibited from engaging in assassination and lacking the budget to purchase expensive hardware. U.S. attempts to detain terrorists are fraught with legal problems, and attempts to deny them sanctuaries require unpopular and extensive deployments of boots on the ground, so it is no surprise that simply taking out these targets became such an attractive option for Washington. Nor is it a surprise that the CIA quickly began to ease the safeguards governing the use of drones, resulting in growing unease among the public and policymakers at the processes the White House was using to choose targets and the complex effects the strikes were having on countries such as Pakistan and Yemen. Mazzetti describes in compelling detail the agency’s turf battles with the Pentagon, its awkward relations with its Pakistani counterpart, and its reliance on a motley collection of freelancers and private contractors.

One sort of terrorist not so susceptible to drones -- or any other form of detection and apprehension -- is the self-motivated lone wolf acting without instructions from a central command. Simon’s book is a lucid survey of the phenomenon, examining figures such as Yigal Amir, who murdered Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, and the right-wing Norwegian Anders Breivik, who set off a bomb in Oslo and slaughtered children attending a Labor Party camp on an island in Norway. As relatively organized groups, such as al Qaeda, have been disrupted, there has been a spurt of private enterprise by frustrated militants. There is no shortage of weapons, guides to bomb-making, or sources of political rage. This is why the book’s subtitle describes lone wolves as a “growing threat,” although the recent cases might not represent the worst bout: Simon recalls the almost routine murders of top political figures and even heads of states by lone-wolf anarchists in the early twentieth century, including the assassination that triggered World War I.

One of the more effective ways of undermining organized terrorist groups is to starve them of funds. Zarate, who worked on counterterrorist financing in the U.S. Treasury Department and the White House under President George W. Bush, describes his experiences chasing the moneymen behind jihadist groups and going after organized criminals and adversaries of the United States, such as Iran. In a fascinating account, he relates how such players hide their financial transactions and the lengths to which the U.S. government goes to counter them -- even, in the case of Iran, interfering with national economies. The details are complex, but Zarate explains them well, hoping to demonstrate that even “grey men in suits” can fight terrorists, far away from the feats of derring-do that dominate coverage of the “war on terror.”

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Postby VinodTK » 05 Sep 2013 04:29

Imminent threat of China brings Vietnam and the US closer to us
From India's Look-East policy emerges Vietnam an ally to tackle the Asian dragon

In a significant move India decided to offer a $100-million credit line to Vietnam to purchase military equipment which will be finalized during the visit of the General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam later this year. Usually, a privilege reserved for its immediate neighbours, this is the first time that New Delhi has extended a credit line for defense purchases to a far off nation. Delhi and Hanoi have been working towards building a robust partnership for the past few years.

It is instructive that India entered the fraught region of the South China Sea via Vietnam. India signed an agreement with Vietnam in October 2011 to expand and promote oil exploration in the South China Sea and then reconfirmed its decision to carry on despite the Chinese challenge to the legality of an Indian presence.
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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby abhishek_sharma » 05 Sep 2013 06:40

Intelligent security: Aaron Mannes, R.K. Raghavan, Animesh Roul and V.S. Subrahmanian

High-profile arrests of Tunda and Bhatkal tell the story of how India's security apparatus is getting better at border control and intelligence operations. There is a lot more to be done.

Mannes is a counter-terrorism and policy researcher at the University of Maryland, where Subrahmanian is professor of computer science. Raghavan is a former director of the CBI. Roul is director of the Society for Study of Peace and Conflict. They are co-authors of the forthcoming book, 'Indian Mujahideen: Analysis and Policies'

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Postby member_25399 » 05 Sep 2013 10:18

That's for the first time, if they can bring some evidence.
From where are these men hired ? gulf ?
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-jihadis-are-fighting-in-syria-says-assads-envoy/1164853/0

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Postby Eric Leiderman » 05 Sep 2013 12:41

maybe true , however you do not need an indian official in Syria to produce evidence,
There will be some truth in it, in situations like this there is no black and white , just different shades of grey, close to a million refugees the countries fabric is destroyed, Syria was one of the forward looking muslim states especially as far as women were concerned, (as was Iraq)

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby KrishnaK » 06 Sep 2013 07:38

xposting
Pranav wrote:NSA’s Decade-Long Plan to Undermine Encryption Includes Backdoors, Stolen Keys, Manipulating Standards - http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2013/0 ... tole-keys/

I have been concerned for a while about the new UEFI secure boot system.

If I understand correctly, UEFI is about a chain of trust, with the root of the chain being Microsoft. Apparently, even if you use Ubuntu or Red Hat, you are still dependent on the root at Microsoft.

Experts are welcome to comment.

The basic secure boot concept is good but independent certification authorities are needed.


also US web spying: NSA foils much internet encryption

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby kit » 06 Sep 2013 12:50

gauravsh wrote:That's for the first time, if they can bring some evidence.
From where are these men hired ? gulf ?
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-jihadis-are-fighting-in-syria-says-assads-envoy/1164853/0


Saudi Arabia and some middle east countries are actively promoting the reason for war in Syria with regime change..basically the age old shia Sunni conflict.These countries are reportedly bank rolling the entire expense for a war waged by Americans.Saudi has a well known nexus through which people of a particular religion are actively recruited through India and a lot of other countries including Africa...and yes the recruitment agencies are present in india...with some very active ones in the southern state of kerala.

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Postby kit » 06 Sep 2013 13:27

abhishek_sharma wrote:Intelligent security: Aaron Mannes, R.K. Raghavan, Animesh Roul and V.S. Subrahmanian

High-profile arrests of Tunda and Bhatkal tell the story of how India's security apparatus is getting better at border control and intelligence operations. There is a lot more to be done.

Mannes is a counter-terrorism and policy researcher at the University of Maryland, where Subrahmanian is professor of computer science. Raghavan is a former director of the CBI. Roul is director of the Society for Study of Peace and Conflict. They are co-authors of the forthcoming book, 'Indian Mujahideen: Analysis and Policies'



there was some input from a particular foreign intelligence agency in this case.. no the indian agencies did not get better overnight :D

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Surya » 06 Sep 2013 18:04

lets not cut our own nose here

All intel effors on cross border terror requires coop - coerced or otherwise

Our guys have the worst environment, most heavily populated environments, sickular corrupt politicians, many corrupt policemen and an largely uninterested public and dumb and some hostile media

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Postby member_27444 » 06 Sep 2013 19:33

Antony chose to ignore vital details of NSAB report in his statement in Lok Sabha


Defence Minister A.K. Antony watered down the contents of National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) report on Chinese aggression, highlighted by Headlines Today on Thursday, in a statement made in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

The minister chose to deny the veracity of the report rather than giving a plan to counter China's aggression. Headlines Today happens to be the only channel to have the full details of the damning report, a ground assessment that shockingly found that 640 sq km of Indian territory has been taken over by the People's Liberation Army (PLA) in the last few months.

Though Antony confirmed the NSAB report on the status along the Line of Actual Control (LoAC), he told the House that it doesn't mention China has grabbed any part of Indian territory.



"I want to state clearly that Shyam Saran has not said in his report that China has captured our land or we are not allowed to patrol our areas. There is no question of giving any part of our land to China. We are firmly dealing with our security. We are also strengthening our capabilities at border continuously," the minister said in the Lok Sabha.

What made IAF to land C-130J Super Hercules in Ladakh?

However, Antony did not mention in his statement the part of NSAB report which mentions area denial of 640 sq km to India by the PLA. He also did not mention that patrolling limits becoming de facto LoAC has been mentioned in the NSAB report with inputs from the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).

Moreover, the defence minister did not mention that the NSAB report has made specific recommendations regarding need for access infrastructure on border. He also forgot to mention that the report has been shared with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), National Security Advisor (NSA) and the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS).



Antony did not even mention that it was after the NSAB report inputs were shared with the CCS that the Indian Air Force (IAF) chief, who was part of the committee, suggested that a C-130J Super Hercules sortie be mounted to Daulet Beg Oldi (DBO) in Ladakh region at the earliest to raise confidence levels in troops in the area.

Rightly then, the Samajwadi Party and the BJP, which took up the issue strongly earlier in the House, rejected the government's attempts to water down the findings of NSAB.

- With inputs from Headlines Today


Read more at: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/anto ... 05755.html

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Garooda » 06 Sep 2013 19:45

kit wrote:
gauravsh wrote:That's for the first time, if they can bring some evidence.
From where are these men hired ? gulf ?
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/indian-jihadis-are-fighting-in-syria-says-assads-envoy/1164853/0


Saudi Arabia and some middle east countries are actively promoting the reason for war in Syria with regime change..basically the age old shia Sunni conflict.These countries are reportedly bank rolling the entire expense for a war waged by Americans.Saudi has a well known nexus through which people of a particular religion are actively recruited through India and a lot of other countries including Africa...and yes the recruitment agencies are present in india...with some very active ones in the southern state of kerala.


Follow the money :) Apart from legitimate purposes, there are fronts to secure and possibly recruit IM's from India (particularly Hyderabad as the Hub due to its large muslim population IMO).

Saudi_Investment_Offer
Saudi Arabia is offering investment opportunities worth $ 625 billion to Indian businessmen in vital sectors such as infrastructure, petrochemicals, electricity, IT, tourism, natural gas production, agriculture and education.
“We had successful meetings with Indian business leaders and executives in New Delhi, Hyderabad and Lucknow,” said Abdul Rahman Al-Rabiah, chairman of Saudi-India Joint Business Council (JBC) who is currently leading a high-level Saudi trade delegation to India.
“It was excellent,” Al-Rabiah told Arab News when asked about the result of the March 5-8 business visit organized by the Federation of India Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). The Saudi delegation will return to the Kingdom today (Friday).
“The governments of the two countries have done their job of facilitating two-way business engagements. Our relations with India go back hundreds of years. Yet, the results in terms of business exchanges are not to the level we would like to see,” Al-Rabiah told a JBC meeting in New Delhi. I wonder why :)
Al-Rabiah, who was leading a delegation representing sectors such as fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, housing, power, petrochemicals & refinery, steel, metals, mining and mechanical equipment, urged Indian companies to take advantage of investment and growth opportunities in the Kingdom.
Saudi Arabia is “the youngest nation in the world (67 percent Saudis are below the age of 27) which would need schools, hospitals, industries to meet their growing aspirations.” There is a lot of room for Indian companies with their high technology and experience to participate in the Kingdom’s development, he said, adding that the present $ 400 million Indian investment was insignificant compared with the potential. Carrot on a stick?
Saudi Ambassador to India Saud M. Al-Sati said the two countries should engage in more business and trade by cashing in on the opportunities. He said that between 2000 and 2012, investments by Saudi companies in India were a mere $ 40 billion. This, he added, should rise significantly as Saudi and Indian companies engage with each other and build long-term business partnerships.
Rakesh Bakshi, senior executive committee member, FICCI & chairman & managing director of RRB Energy Ltd., said renewable energy offered tremendous scope for Indian and Saudi companies to work together as “India has the institutional framework and the technology to develop and promote renewables. We do not believe in re-inventing the wheel. Our companies have the know-how and experience to modify the wheel and suit it to your requirements in the most inhospitable of climatic conditions.”
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy also met the Saudi delegation and said his government was looking for larger investments from Saudi Arabia and was keen on mutual cooperation in industrial development. “We’ll extend all incentives and facilities to Saudi industrialists.”
After a power-point presentation by Saudi delegation, the chief minister said his state is the perfect platform for investment with its long coastline, skilled manpower and various incentives being offered by the government. The Saudi delegation invited the chief minister along with industrialists from Andhra Pradesh to visit Saudi Arabia.
Abdul Qader Memon Sait, a member of the managing committee of Saudi Indian Business Network, commended the growing economic relations between the two countries. Speaking to Arab News, he spoke about the plan to woo more than $ 100 billion investment from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries by India.
“There are billions of riyals of deposits by Saudi individuals remaining idle in Saudi banks, which can be invested in Indian mutual funds and equity market,” Sait said, adding that Saudis would receive profits up to 20 percent for such investments.

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Postby Sumair » 08 Sep 2013 15:22

No Kit, No input from any foreign intelligence. It was diligence of an IB officer and brave personal initiative of a Bihar Police SP. Read India Today article for names.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Surya » 10 Sep 2013 06:24

http://www.spiegel.de/international/wor ... 21161.html

NSA spying into smartphones

so much for those who believed the GOI was wrong in attempting to get RIM to cooperate

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Postby kit » 15 Sep 2013 13:21

Yahoo CEO fears defying NSA could mean prison


http://www.wnd.com/2013/09/yahoo-ceo-fe ... orig=money

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Garooda » 17 Sep 2013 17:45

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A Member in-charge of cyber security of a prestigious national security body was in for a rude shock when he found he was defrauded of Rs 19 lakh electronically in an apparent hacker attack.

In a well planned crime, police said the hackers had even blocked the SIM card of 65-year-old Sanjay Govind Dhande, cyber security Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB), so that he does not receive alerts from the bank when his account was being fraudulently operated. Out of touch ?????

Dhande, a former IIT-Kanpur Director and now settled in Pune, has filed a complaint with the local police after a total amount of Rs 19,01,073 was siphoned off from his ICICI bank account between September 6 and 9.

The Pune police's cyber cell has slapped section 467 (forgery of valuable security), 420 (cheating) and various sections of IPC and Information Technology Act in the case.

"I filed a complaint with the police on September 10 and later, after investigation, they filed an FIR. I was not at all knowing that this fraud was being carried out on me and only after the bank, after witnessing some unusual movement in my account, called us on our alternate number and we were informed," Dhande told PTI today.

The senior advisor to the government panel said that banks and mobilephone companies need to deploy "more check and balances" with regard to operation of online transactions and internet banking.

A Person had hacked the server of the Aundh road branch of ICICI bank" and the amount was siphoned off.

The FIR stated that the hacker made purchases from the technocrat's account and that the unknown hacker had also locked the Vodafone SIM of Dhande.

Dhande had been appointed as member of the prestigious National Security Advisory Board (NSAB) in April this year to provide impetus especially in areas related to cyber security.

Former Foreign Secretary Shyam Sharan is the Chairman of NSAB at present and the multi-disciplinary body has experts from other sectors like science and technology, economics, defence, internal security and education.

Dhande has also been associated with the TRAI and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology earlier in his career.

The reputed educationist is a Padma Shri awardee and has 96 research publications and three books to his credit on a host of subjects on computers and technology.

In a similar case of this kind, the Delhi police had recently arrested two Nigerians after they stumbled upon a new modus operandi of e-banking fraudsters.

The fraudsters first first found to have hacked the internet banking account of the target. Then they would get his mobile number blocked to prevent the customer from receiving SMS alerts from the bank about illegal transactions made by them.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby Garooda » 17 Sep 2013 18:26

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Today, courtesy of the Guardian's Glenn Greenwald, who tracked down the layout of said Information Dominance Center to designs prepared by DBI Architects who supposedly were in charge of creating the General's work environs, we now have a glimpse of just how Star Trekishly the megalomaniac intercepting all US and global electronic communications and financial transactions thought of himself.

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby kit » 18 Sep 2013 11:06

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 684153.cms

Under a bill called Marco Civil being debated in the country's legislature, the Brazilian government is seeking to get a better handle over local Internet data, including storing it locally. In effect, the bill will require companies such as Google and Facebook to physically store data about Brazilians in Brazil.


Why cant India do the same ? India more than Brazil has been affected by the NSA espionage .

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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby ramana » 19 Sep 2013 00:19

From a lamnet by an Indian official, PRC wont allow those companies to operate without servers located in PRC.

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Postby Samudragupta » 21 Sep 2013 00:10

The military intelligence unit set up by former army chief General VK Singh was involved in sensitive covert operations in Pakistan and was even on the trail of 26/11 mastermind and Lashkar-e-Taiba chief Hafiz Saeed, officials associated with it have told HT.

“Our main task was to combat the rising trend of state-sponsored terrorism by the ISI and we had developed contacts across the Line of Control in a bid to infiltrate Hafiz Saeed’s inner circle,” an official who served with the controversial Technical Services Division (TSD) said.

Asked for an official response, an army spokesperson said, “The unit has been disbanded. Details of the unit, which was the subject matter of an inquiry, are only known to the Chief and a few senior officers. It is for the defence ministry now to initiate any further inquiries.”

The spook unit was set up after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks on a defence ministry directive asking for the creation of covert capability.

Army documents, perused by HT, reveal the senior-most officers signed off on the formation of this unit. File No A/106/TSD and 71018/ MI give details of approvals by the Director General Military Intelligence, vice-chief and chief of army staff.

The TSD — disbanded after allegations that it spied on defence ministry officials through off-the-air interceptors — was raised as a strategic force multiplier for preparing, planning and executing special operations “inside depth areas of countries of interest and countering enemy efforts within the country by effective covert means”.

But it then got caught in an internecine battle between army chiefs. The TSD – which reported directly to Gen VK Singh — used secret service funds to initiate a PIL against current chief General Bikram Singh. As reported by HT in October 2012, secret funds were paid to an NGO to file the PIL, in a bid to stall Bikram Singh’s appointment as chief.

However, covert ops were the unit’s essential mandate and deniability was built into it and it reads, “The proposed organization (TSD) will enable the military intelligence directorate to provide a quick response to any act of state-sponsored terrorism with a high degree of deniability.”

Its task was to carry out special missions and “cover any tracks leading to the organisation”.

Though covert operations were formally shut down by IK Gujral when he was PM in 1997, sources reveal the TSD carried out several such operations within and outside the country — such as Op Rehbar 1, 2 and 3 (in Kashmir), Op Seven Sisters (Northeast) and Op Deep Strike (Pakistan).

Controversy is dogging the unit once again after disclosures in The Indian Express that secret service funds were also used to destabilize the Omar Abdullah government in Jammu and Kashmir. The BJP has raised questions over the timing of the disclosures. While the defence ministry has had the inquiry report since March, the revelations have come soon after Singh shared the stage with the saffron party’s PM candidate Narendra Modi last Sunday.



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Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion

Postby williams » 21 Sep 2013 06:15

There is someone doing these leaks and compromising national security at the highest level. Instead of investigating these leaks it is sad the government is looking as though they are part of it. Gen BK Singh has clearly explained in the below interview (look at after 9:34) few weeks back that TSD is under DIA not under CDS at all. DIA is under IDS (http://ids.nic.in/organisation.htm) I am amazed how come these news outlets do not do basic research before parroting the same report again and again.

http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/ndtv-s ... dhi/289063


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