Pakistan’s intelligence agency—Inter-Services Intelligence—is reportedly making cyber attacks on India in its attempts to procure sensitive information, The Hindu reports. The Intelligence Bureau (IB) has alerted authorities saying that ISI has been making spoofed telephone calls and using computer malware in its attempts to get the information.
According to the report, Pakistan’s operatives have been calling up defense and government officials under fake identities and trying to extract information that could put the nation’s security at risk. The IB says that these calls have been made over the Internet and coded to show Indian phone numbers on the receiver’s caller-id. Also Read - Mi Notebook Pro X to be Xiaomi's most expensive laptop yet, launch tomorrow
Explaining the tech and the modus operandi behind this operation, the report says, “Using VoIP and computer software to mask the point of origin of their calls, Pakistan’s intelligence operatives have been noticed to be masquerading as senior Indian armed forces officers to contact their targets on the telephone to collect such information.” Also Read - Ola to offer free oxygen concentrators to the needy
Referring to a recent incident, the report says that Pakistan’s operatives were able to hack into BSNL and send an alert that said, ‘contamination of BSNL systems’. In the incident, an ISI operative posing as a Major contacted a BSNL employee and persuaded him to give details of technical persons involved in the crucial ‘call data record’ project. He was also able to forward some emails, which compromised the system and the ISI was able to successfully install some malware in the BSNL system.