August 9, 2006

Mobile phones pose new security threat in Kashmir

7bomb.jpgAs mobile telephones proliferate in Jammu and Kashmir, security agencies in the state are concerned over the threat they could pose - including as triggers for deadly explosions, informs M&C News.

Intelligence agencies have information that terrorist groups could use mobile phones to cause improvised explosive device blasts through remote control. Such explosions, experts say, can be carried out with greater accuracy due to dual-tone multi frequency technology used in these telephones.

Mobile phones can also be used as time bombs as they have facilities for setting time.

'Apart from cell phone guns, mobile phone cameras can be used for spying by taking photos of sensitive areas and, worse, a mobile can be used for tapping conversations,' a security official pointed out. Besides, he added, "it is difficult to differentiate a mobile phone from a mobile phone pistol. With some modification, some keys on the pad can be used as triggers for firing 0.22 calibre shots'.

Intelligence officials are working on mobile phones' use for tapping conversation. 'These (mobiles) can be used for eavesdropping as well. For this, only a small change in the chip is required. It can be activated by making a call to the mobile while it is receiving a call and the conversation can be overheard,' the official revealed. They are also working on 'fool-proof anti-sabotage checks' against the misuse of mobiles.

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