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Indian firms named in Wiki surveillance leak

world Updated: Dec 02, 2011 00:36 IST
Dipankar De Sarkar
Dipankar De Sarkar
Hindustan Times

Wikileaks, the web-based whistleblower body, on Thursday began releasing hundreds of sensitive and secret documents from security companies that it said were involved in “industrial scale” surveillance across the world, including three involved with India.

“Mass interception of entire populations is not only a reality, it is a secret new industry spanning 25 countries,” including India, said Wikileaks releasing what it called the Spyfiles. These comprise 287 documents from 160 security companies.

In the section on India, it named three companies. Two of them are based in India — the Shimla-based Shoghi Communications and the Indore- and Noida-based ClearTrail Technologies. The third, Shield Securities, is based in London.

The Shoghi Communications file that Wikileaks released advertises a product called Semi-Active GSM Monitoring System SCL-5020SE, which, among other things, boasts the capability of “extracting the suspect’s actual mobile number from the network without any help from the service provider.”

The document from ClearTrail is entitled Mass monitoring of IP and Voice Networks. It advertises xTrail, “our new portable ‘on-the-go’ IP interception system which provides extended monitoring coverage.” Wikileaks had not yet put up any Shield Securities documents.