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How VoIP Was Used For The Mumbai Terrorist Attacks: Aditya Mishra, IPS

IPS officer Aditya Mishra, speaking at the International Conference on Mobile Law in Delhi, explained how Internet Telephony is a cause for concern for security agencies, given that it is extremely difficult to trace the source of the calls, even though IP allows for recovery of all call related information, including call recordings. During his talk at the conference, Mishra said that the terrorists involved in the attacks used a VoIP based service called Callphonex, based out of New Jersey, USA. Callphonex got an email from a mail id, kharak_telco@yahoo.com on 21st October 2008, from Kharak Singh from India, for starting a VoIP account. "To activate this Callphonex VoIP account, an initial payment of $250 was made by a Mohammaed Isfaq through a Lahore based agent, through MoneyGram. A Virtual number 0012012531824 was allotted by Callphonex, and it is the property of a Voxbone, a Belgian company, and was leased out to Callphonex, and a request was changed for allottment for 5 DID numbers (Direct Inward Dialers)." The calls are supposed to be coming for the virual US number, but they go to the five Austrian DID numbers, which are all virtual numbers, albeit mobile numbers. "Many of the calls being monitored going in and out of the Taj Mahal Hotel were from this virtual number, by the Pakistani handlers to give an impression that calls were being made from the US, and not Pakistan. During the 58 hour siege of Mumbai, which led to over 180 people being killed, a…

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