Editorial: Tech terror

Even as a raging debate is happening over privacy offered by messaging platforms like WhatsApp, reports have claimed that terrorist groups and their handlers from Pakistan are switching to new applications which include one developed by a Turkish company.

Adding more to this, Delhi Police on Sunday claimed that over 300 Twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan to disrupt the tractor rally proposed by protesting farmers on Republic Day. Deependra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police (Intelligence) said the rally on Tuesday will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day celebrations conclude.

Speaking to the media, he said, “Over 300 twitter handles have been generated from Pakistan during January 13 to 18 to disrupt the tractor rally by farmers only by misleading people. There are inputs about the same from different agencies too. It will be a challenging task for us but the rally will be conducted amid tight security after the Republic Day parade is over.”

He added: “As the farmers wanted to do a tractor rally on 26 January, we have come to a conclusion that the rally will be conducted after the timing of the Republic Day Celebration ends. We have given them around 170 kilometres of distance in three routes.”

Barricades and other security arrangements will be removed and the farmers will enter the national capital. Later, they will return to their destinations after covering a “respectable” distance. Meanwhile, three new applications came to light after evidence was collected following encounters with terrorists or those who surrendered before the Army gave details about their mode of radicalisation by Pakistan-based terrorist groups. The names of the messaging apps have been withheld for security reasons.

While one of the applications is owned by a company based in the United States, the second is from Europe. The latest is an application developed by a Turkish company that has been frequently used by terrorist group handlers and their prospective recruits in the Kashmir valley. It looks like Pakistan is now taking the help of technology to unleash terror on India. It is time to give a fitting reply besides exposing the unfriendly neigbhbour’s awkward acts.

 

NT Bureau