Militants use ‘Calculator’ app; avoid surveillance

Jammu and Kashmir News

During interrogation of some of the members of the terror group Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), it was disclosed that the terror outfit had modified it and created an application by the name “calculator” which could be downloaded on smartphones attached to the off-air network created specifically for them. The technology is based on the concept of “cognitive digital radio”, which enables users to turn their smartphones into peer-to-peer, off-grid communication tools.

The network generates its own signal through proprietary ad hoc networking protocols and automatically coordinates with other units within range which enables users to send and receive text messages, share their GPS locations on offline maps regardless of access to WiFi or cellular service.

The infiltrators had paired their phones with the radio sets along the border and were getting constant instructions about the route and terrain, making their task easy. With such technology readily available to the homicidal elements of the society, it becomes a matter of grave concern for the safety of the general population.

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