Army Major`s computer was accessed from Pakistan

Last Updated: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 19:09

New Delhi: Security agencies probing the
role of an Andaman-based Army Major have claimed to have found
that his computer and emails had been remotely accessed from a
server located in Pakistan, a finding that has come as a jolt
for them.

The probe also indicated that the National Investigating
Agency and Military Intelligence officials had neglected the
case property--the computer of the Army Major--and certain
files and mails were deleted when the machine was in their
custody, official sources said.

During the probe, it was also found that the computer of
the army officer had been accessed many a time from a proxy
server based in Pakistan and one more country, the location of
which was being examined.

It seemed the other server could also be from Pakistan
but the proxy server addresses had been hopped through various
Internet gateways of European countries.

The Army Major, who is being investigated by various
security agencies, came under the scanner when his email
address was picked up while scanning the emails of US-born
terror accused David Headley.

The US agencies informed the Indian security agencies
about the email address and the Army major, who was likely to
be booked under Official Secrets Act by the NIA, was put under
the scanner.

The probe so far has indicated that the official had
violated OSA as nearly 2,500 defence presentations were found
on his computer. These documents related to issues much beyond
his sphere of work.

The computer is currently with the Central Forensic
Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) in Hyderabad.

Earlier, the Major had said he was an inquisitive
person but he was himself at a loss to know how some files had
entered his computer. The forensic report of the seized
computer clearly shows that there were over 2,500
presentations, some of which were secret and even top secret,
the sources said.

In a related development, the forensic report said that
some files and emails were deleted from the computer on a
particular date after it was seized by authorities, pressing
panic buttons among the agencies.


First Published: Monday, June 14, 2010 - 19:09

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