The Economic Times
29 July 2008
NEW DELHI: In what may spell trouble for Blackberry and wireless
fidelity (WiFi) internet service providers, security agencies are likely
to harden their stance for having a fool-proof mechanism in place at the
The move comes close on the heels of militants of Indian Mujahideen
using the wireless fidelity (WiFi) to send an email minutes ahead of
audacious Ahmedabad attack.
"We are seized of the matter and it would be taken up with appropriate
authorities soon," a senior Home Ministry official said.
When asked about the Blackberry services which were a point of
controversy between security agencies and Information and Technology
department, the official said the ministry has pointed out its hazards
and it was for them to act.
The official said the security agencies had pointed out that password
protection should be introduced in every customer using the WiFi
However, the recent hacking in its proxy server while sending the email
ahead of the weekend blasts was a glaring violation of the same, sources
in the union Home Ministry said, adding that the Department of Telecom
may not have placed in stringent measures.
The security agencies, in the case of Blackberry, have asked Department
of Telecom to ensure that traffic originating and terminating in India
should not travel outside the country.
"There should be a single point of delivery system for the entire
Blackberry traffic in India and the traffic originating and terminating
in India should not travel outside," they said in a note to DoT.
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