IAF personnel arrest shows rising incidents of online ‘honeytrap’

The Indian Express had earlier reported in July 2015 that the Military Intelligence had sounded warnings that fake profiles of women were being used on social networking sites in order to extract confidential information relating to the ORBAT of various military units.

Written by Man Aman Singh Chhina | Chandigarh | Updated: December 30, 2015 1:15 pm
Indian Air Force, honey trap, online fraud, Ranjith honey trap, ISI agents online trap, ORBAT, cyber crime, chandigarh news It is learnt that both in the case of the Bathinda incident as well as the Pathankot case, fake profiles of girls were used by ISI agents who use internet protocols of western countries instead of Pakistan in order to avoid suspicion.

The arrest of an Indian Air Force non-commissioned officer, leading aircraftsman Ranjith, posted at Air Force Station, Bathinda, on charges of spying is the second such case to have cropped up in Punjab in the past 16 months wherein social networking sites were used by enemy agents to ‘trap’ Indian military personnel.

In August 2014, the Punjab police had arrested an Airman, Sunil Kumar, who was posted at the Air Force Station in Pathankot, and who was believed to have passed on information about the airbase, the equipment at the base, military exercises and the deployment of aircraft to an ISI agent through a social networking site.

In both these cases, cyber surveillance had led to the personnel being arrested. While in the case of Ranjith, he was enticed by someone by the name of ‘Damini’, Sunil Kumar was in touch on the internet with one ‘Meena Raina’. Both these profiles were found to be fake and in both instances cash had been transferred to the bank accounts of the two personnel in lieu of information.

The Indian Express had earlier reported in July 2015 that the Military Intelligence had sounded warnings that fake profiles of women were being used on social networking sites in order to extract confidential information relating to the Order of Battle (ORBAT) of various military units.

Senior intelligence officials say this trend of using sites such as Facebook and Whatsapp to contact military personnel and then lure them into friendship through sexually explicit conversation has been consistently coming to light. “In fact, many service personnel have voluntarily reported such attempts to their superior officers when they suspected that information was being extracted from them,” said a senior officer.

It is learnt that both in the case of the Bathinda incident as well as the Pathankot case, fake profiles of girls were used by ISI agents who use internet protocols of western countries instead of Pakistan in order to avoid suspicion. These agents also pose as Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) in order to allay any fear and entice the service personnel into violating security protocols.

The Army too had earlier identified three officers who were suspected to have passed restricted information about movement of units and ORBAT to a girl named ‘Simran’ on Facebook. An inquiry had been ordered against these errant officers.

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    Ashwin
    Jan 1, 2016 at 6:25 am
    Don't Generalize the statement Mr. Andian. Be careful...There are always and everywhere good and bad people and stuffs, by looking at the one such incident you cant generalize the entire Kerala State. I agree what he did for the nation is really bad and it cant be acceptable and he deserves the punishment.
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      Ashwin
      Jan 1, 2016 at 6:27 am
      Don't Generalize the statement Mr. Andian. Be careful...There are always and everywhere good and bad people and stuffs, by looking at the one such incident you cant generalize the entire Kerala State. I agree what he did for the nation is really bad and it cant be acceptable and he deserves the punishment.
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        PREMPAL
        Jan 3, 2016 at 12:06 pm
        DO FAST ACTION ,NEED NOT TO LISTION ANYBODY LIKE HRC ETC.WE HATE HIM ACTUALLY IF SUCH IS CASE THEY SHULD BE SHOOTED AT SHORT HATE TO THESE GADDARS
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          All
          Dec 30, 2015 at 6:51 am
          Brahmin betrayers mostly!! Whether a mallu or Kannada or other brahmins. All brahmins are anti natinals!
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            Andian
            Dec 30, 2015 at 6:23 am
            Looks like he is a malayali from kerala. These shameless mallus can even bang their sisters and mothers if offered. The Left government and UDF government have made kerala a slave of Arabs. Shame..
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              Baba
              Dec 30, 2015 at 10:18 am
              He shd be sent to baba ramdev hospital😊
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                vijay
                Dec 30, 2015 at 9:31 am
                Shame on you!What made you speak sXXt against brahmins?Brahmins have always done their best for the country before and after independence.
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                  Vedic_Citizen
                  Dec 30, 2015 at 6:19 am
                  It is unusual for non-mullla to fall into such traps & betray homeland. This guy is a shame for nation, community & Kerala state. What's happening to our people !!!
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                    suresh
                    Dec 30, 2015 at 10:11 am
                    Nonsense n illogical ...
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