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US citizen’s computer not hacked into, say police

india Updated: Aug 12, 2008 00:39 IST
Presley Thomas

The Anti-Terrorist Squad is still clueless about who sent the terror e-mail that spoke of serial bomb blasts in Ahmedabad minutes before the explosions.

But days after the message was traced to US citizen Kenneth Haywood’s Navi Mumbai flat, the squad seems to be coming round to the opinion that the computer was not hacked into, as was initially suggested by the American.

“The possibility that Haywood’s computer was hacked into is slim, in the opinion of private technical experts,” Anti-Terrorist Squad chief Hemant Karkare said on Monday.

But the squad still does not have official confirmation on the matter. It will reach a conclusion only after the Forensic Science Laboratory in Kalina submits its report.

The laboratory, along with Purdue University of the US, is in the process of tracking the origins of the e-mail.

Records of the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, which gave Haywood his Internet connection, had shown the Internet protocol address to which the mail was tracked belonged to Haywood.

Questioned by the police a couple of days after the July 26 explosions, Haywood and his family had said their computer might have been hacked into to send the e-mail.

They also told the police the technician who installed the wireless modem for them had asked them not to change the password.

The police also grilled the technician sent by Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited, but no headway was made.

The e-mail, sent to national television channels, had informed about the blasts five minutes in advance and had threatened eminent personalities.

Technical experts assisting the Anti-Terrorism Squad or the field officers, who have questioned over a thousand people across the state, also failed to gather enough evidence for any kind of breakthrough.

“We are still questioning suspects,” Karkare said. The ATS is also verifying the whereabouts of some suspects who have not been found at their residences.

Karkare also said a few car thieves had been rounded up, but none had led them to the cars stolen from Navi Mumbai and used by the terrorists in Gujarat.