A group of ‘Ethical Hackers’ based in Kerala has claimed to collect data from alleged ISIS sympathizers in Kashmir. According to a report in Mail Today, the group has dumped the data on an open forum in the internet.
The report by journalist Chayyanika Nigam states that “a group of Kerala-based ethical hackers — Mallu Cyber Soldiers — will be releasing a database of terror supporters, who are misusing the social media to spill venom in the minds of youth in Jammu and Kashmir.”
According to the report, after a prolonged operation of over 10 months, these hackers have accessed the confidential information of the alleged ISIS sympathisers that includes the photo, name, email ID, model, IMEI number, SIM number, mobile network code and MAC address.
The reporter claims to be in possession of the data shared by Mallu Cyber Soldiers but Mail Today is not publishing the details till it is verified by the agencies.
“Hackers pretended as vulnerable group of people so that the ISIS sympathisers target them. When they crossed the stage one, all of them reached a closed group where discussions were carried out in an organised manner. Further, when they are spotted as the most-active members, they entered into the private chat window and at last when the stage of payment dealing arrived, the hackers managed received a call from the sympathisers. This is where the location and the other confidential details were retrieved from,” the source told Mail Today.
“Despite having concrete information about the ISIS sympathisers or other terror supporters, the government or the intelligence agencies do not pay a heed to it. Instead of conducting a primary investigation, the motive and patriotism of the hackers are questioned,” said Kislay Chaudhary, chairman of NGO Indian Cyber Army.