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Indian Government Wiretapping and started Blackberry Interception

Thehackernews.com writes that according to a report, all major Indian telecom companies, including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Tata Tele services, have agreed to share real-time interception of BlackBerry calls and data services on their networks with Security agencies to meet the December 31 deadline fixed by the Indian government.

Earlier in 2011, the government set the deadline for RIM to come up with facilities for interception, or face closure of their operations in India. The security agencies in the country have been trying to get the company to install local servers so they could access and monitor the stream of messages going back and forth to implement better security in the country.

The Ministry for Home Affairs ordered interception of about 10,000 phones and 1300 email ids, during October to December 2012. According to an Indian news paper report, About 500 new e-mail addresses of individuals were also added to the existing 800 e-mail IDs already under surveillance.
Most requests for surveillance came from the Intelligence Bureau, followed by the Narcotics Control Bureau, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Army’s Signals Intelligence Directorate, State Intelligence units followed by Police Departments of Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra.