The Indian Intelligence Bureau (IB) is going hi-tech in an effort to track down terrorists through their cyber communications.
With the opposition’s continuous attack on the ruling government for its "soft stand" on terrorism, the IB seems to have pulled up its socks, and the government has reportedly added some 6,000 spies to its existing 25,000 in order to tighten security.
The intention is to use internal spies to track and monitor terrorist activities within India through modern communication systems. The home ministry has reportedly been planning to set up a research and technology centre where the IB would maintain a databank of all suspects under one roof. The new centre will also be used for research and analysis activities of technological matters like the use of technology by educated terrorists.
A senior home ministry official said, "Widespread use of cyber technology like Wifi systems in the recent terror attacks, where terrorists of Indian Mujahideen (IM) had not only used it for sending emails but also for networking among their cadres for planning and execution of their operations, has forced us to rethink our strategy," reports TOI.
The Union cabinet has given the green light to the modernisation and strengthening plans of the IB. The home minister, Shivraj Patil, has categorically asked the agency to recruit 6,000 additional spies. A good number of new recruits will be techies like cyber experts.
A meeting between IB chief P C Haldar and home secretary Madhukar Gupta was held to discuss matters like helping the state special branches (intelligence wing) raise funds and expertise. Thee may also be changes to the Information and Technology Act. X
Indian terrorists go hi-tech