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Express News Service
Oct 10, 2008

Pune, October 9 First, hacking is easy, detection difficult

The recent hacking of Wi-Fi connections by terrorists has underscored 
the difficulty in securing such networks. =E2=80=9CUnlike bomb blasts carried 
out by terrorists, hacking is a hidden and difficult-to-trace activity. 
Tampering into others=E2=80=99 computer systems does not leave any tangible 
trace,=E2=80=9D said Sudam Choure, chief coordinator of Pune police=E2=80=99s cyber 

=E2=80=9CThere is nothing like =E2=80=98ethical hacking=E2=80=99. People with a criminal intent 
can easily get trained in =E2=80=98ethical hacking=E2=80=99 and use their knowledge for 
criminal activities,=E2=80=9D Choure said.

Mansoor Asghar Peerbhoy, the IT executive arrested from the city, has 
been described as the head of an Indian Mujahideen module that hacked 
Wi-Fi networks to send Terror mails before and after serial blasts. He 
had taken up a course in ethical hacking.

Deputy Commissioner of police (cyber crime) Rajendra Dahale agreed. =E2=80=9CUse 
of Wi-Fi technology for crime is increasing, as it is difficult to trace 
the hackers.=E2=80=9D

The police have started encouraging IT firms to secure their Wi-Fi 
networks. Police Commissioner Satyapal Singh said, =E2=80=9CWe have urged them 
to be alert and take measures to secure their Wi-Fi networks.=E2=80=9D

Choure suggested that audits of systems security be carried out at 
regular intervals. =E2=80=9CThe intelligence of hackers can never be 
underestimated. Security systems should go through a number of layers to 
check the authenticity of the user. That could curb hacking to some 
extent,=E2=80=9D he said.

One can hack into a system from a cyber caf=C3=A9 and the Pune Central Cyber 
Caf=C3=A9 Association has tried to put a safeguard in place. Association 
president Rahul Pokale said, =E2=80=9CWe don=E2=80=99t let any user inside a caf=C3=A9 
without first asking for an identity proof such as a driving licence or 
PAN card, with the person=E2=80=99s photograph on it. We keep a photocopy. If 
anyone refuses to produce such proof, we not only deny them access but 
sometimes even inform the police if the customer is adamant.=E2=80=9D

At the Balewadi sports complex, the police said the Fi connections are 
well-protected. =E2=80=9CWe willl not allow visitors, expect authorised 
journalists and VIPs, to carry laptops into the sports complex,=E2=80=9D the 
Commissioner of Police said.

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