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What technologies Mumbai gunmen used ? VOIP, GPS, GoogleEarth, Blackberries

Blackberries are previously reported to be used by Mumbai gunmen for the attacks on November 26 2008 which claimed 175 innocent lives. There are other technologies that slowly are coming out of 26/11 Mumbai attacks investigation.

Newyork Times reporting that terrorists have become so technologically advanced that they used GPS to reach their destination from Karachi, Pakistan and have used satellite phones to be in touch with the base station. Google Earth aided them to find clear paths of coast to coast movements.

Another interesting technology used is VOIP phones.

The times reporting these interesting abuse of technology by the criminals :

The militant group in Pakistan used VOIP to mask their identities

Indian security forces surrounding the buildings were able to monitor the terrorists’ outgoing calls by intercepting their cellphone signals. But Indian police officials said those directing the attacks, who are believed to be from Lashkar-e-Taiba, a militant group based in Pakistan, were using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone service, which has complicated efforts to determine their whereabouts and identities.

It is difficult to trace the VOIP calls. The difficulty of tracing made it difficult for authorities to trace the calls to prevent the destruction.

In Mumbai, authorities have declined to disclose the names of the VoIP companies whose services the Lashkar-e-Taiba handlers used, but reports in Indian news media have said the calls have been traced to companies in New Jersey and Austria. Yet investigators have said they are convinced that the handlers who directed the attacks were actually sitting somewhere in Pakistan during the calls.

One senior Lashkar-e-Taiba leader who American officials believe may have played a key role in planning the Mumbai attacks is Zarrar Shah. Mr. Shah, known to be a specialist in communications technology, may have been aware of the difficulties in tracing VoIP.


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Posted By: Kalyan | Date: December 10, 2008 | Categories: Uncategorized

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