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Vital terror info lost again, thanks to human error

An important clue about the terrorists behind the serial blasts across the country was lost due to human error once again, reports Vijaita Singh.

delhi Updated: Sep 18, 2008 00:49 IST
Vijaita Singh

An important clue about the terrorists behind the serial blasts across the country was lost due to human error once again.

First it was Mumbai’s Anti Terrorism Squad (ATS) that goofed up when an e-mail was sent by Indian Mujahideen warning of serial blasts in Ahmedabad on July 26.

This time it was a Chembur-based businessman in Mumbai who switched off the computer unknowingly. Vital information and details about the computer from where the e-mail sent was lost. The e-mail was sent from an id al_arbi_delhi@yahoo.com.

Such information is stored in the Random Access Memory (RAM) of a computer that has a volatile storage capacity. This means, as soon as the power is switched off, the computer memory is lost, as it needs continued power supply.

On Saturday when Delhi Police traced the e-mail to Chembur, they immediately sent out a message to Mumbai ATS not to switch off the computer this time. However, before the sleuths could reach the office of Kamran associates, whose unsecured Wi-Fi network was used this time to send e-mails warning of serial blasts in Delhi, the owner had already switched off the computer.

The terror mail was sent under the name of Indian Mujahideen to the IP address of a firm, Kamran Power Control Private Limited at Chembur, an eastern suburb in Mumbai. Service provider Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited (MTNL) was used for sending the email.

“We are examining other options and are in touch with cyber experts,” said a police officer.