December 18, 2014

Shami I Was Hacked!

Deccan ChronicalMehdi had denied that @ShamiWitness was his twitter handle and had told a media house that somebody had hacked his email account - ElSaltador@gmail.com and used it to upload “stuff”.

Yum yeah stuff.

Mehdi’s father, Dr Mekail Biswas, a retired West Bengal government employee has also stated that his son is innocent and his account was hacked by some “enemy”.

Shami later confessed. His detention was supposed to end today but there is no word on that.

But there is word on the investigation.

BENGALURU: At least one lakh replies to the tweets of Mehdi Masroor Biswas, 24, who has been arrested for running a pro-ISIS Twitter handle, are being scoured by the city police.

"We are also after the credentials of 17,700 followers of @ShamiWitness Twitter handle run by Mehdi. We will analyze their credentials and check whether these followers have anything to do with ISIS or any other jihadi outfits. We are sure some of them are from within the country and some may be tweeting subversive messages to overseas individuals. We want to examine the profile of each of these individuals," the top cop explained. Reddi added that Twitter India executives had promised all support to the city police in this regard.

Today there are reports that India has detained three persons in connection to the investigation. There have also been statements denying anyone was detained.
Times of India:
BHOPAL: Madhya Pradesh counter terrorist group (CTG) and Anti-Terrorist Squad (MPATS) have reportedly rounded up three youths, from Jabalpur district, who followed and interacted with ISIS propaganda Twitter account @ShamiWitness run by Mehdi Masroor Biswas.

The trio, which was picked up from district's Rampur Patel Mohalla on Wednesday night, was among 17,700 followers of Mehdi's Twitter handle.

The denial....
IBT:
Jabalpur Inspector General (IG) Srinivas Rao has denied reports that three Jabalpur youths have been detained to probe their alleged interaction with ISIS Twitter account @ShamiWitness, allegedly owned by Mehdi Masroor Biswas.

"Some other agency must (be) working on it...not us," The Times of India quoted Rao as saying. He added that the "detentions" could be just a rumour.
Madhya Pradesh Anti-Terrorist Squad (MPATS) chief Sanjeev Shami also said that no one has been arrested in connection with the @ShamiWitness case.
However, reports indicate that MPATS and Counter Terrorist Group (CTG) have indeed detained three youths from Rampur Patel Mohalla in Jabalpur district on Wednesday night.

The ShamiWitness account has been restored in full to Twitter but its unknown if this is because of co-operation by Biswas or Twitter itself or both.

I think its probably both. Either way the ShamiWitness data is entirely in the hands of Indian authorities who have stated they are receiving assistance from British Intelligence.

By Howie at 09:07 AM | Comments |