DRDO Espionage Case: Pakistan Link Surfaces Amidst Probe
In another sensational development in the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) espionage case, which has been under probe over the past few months, the Odisha Crime Branch claimed to have established Pakistani links in the findings.
Officials belonging to the Crime Branch noted that they had found Pakistan links of the mysterious woman suspected to be the ‘handler’ of the spy ring engaged in leaking out sensitive intel from the high-security defence establishment.
The new turn in the case has come about after the agencies tracked down the IP addresses of the devices used to communicate with the victim. Four Facebook accounts of the mysterious ‘operative’, who has gone incognito ever since were operated from Pakistan through proxy IPs to keep the location secret. Out of the four accounts, three were operated from Islamabad, whereas one was from Rawalpindi, informed Crime Branch ADG Sanjeev Panda.
“Most of the time they were using proxy IP addresses of Pakistan. They have also used proxy IPs of India, the US and Germany to hide secrets. A few such social media accounts are still found active,” said Panda without divulging whether any staff of DRDO is still in contact with the mysterious operative.
First phase interrogation of the five accused is underway and the Crime Branch is collecting all technical data from different agencies. “Once we collect all the data, we may bring them to our remand again,” said Panda.
An IP address, short for Internet Protocol address, is a unique identifier that identifies a computer on the internet. However, it is not hardware dependent unlike a MAC Address and can change depending on the network configuration. A proxy IP address essentially makes use of such an idea to alter the original IP address by routing the connection through several intermediate hops, to disguise the connection origin.