India’s intelligence agencies have raised an alarm over Pakistan and Chinese agencies trying to lure and entrap Indian Army officers by using attractive women. The intelligence agencies have warned the officers of the Indian Army to be alert and stay away from such traps.
It has been reported that the trap is being laid by attractive looking women of Pakistani and Chinese origin who are fluent in speaking Urdu and English.
India Today reports one of its sources saying:
“An intelligence warning has been issued to the forces asking them to spread awareness among their men again such attempts by the enemy operatives.”
Reportedly, foreign intelligence agencies are also tracking internet usage and search patterns of Indian officers. In particular, the officers using Chinese smartphones are under the tracking system. Foreign agencies are closely monitoring those who visit porn sites or look out for female friends.
After choosing the target, Urdu speaking Pakistani lady or a Chinese woman proficient in English establish a contact with their target – an officer of the Indian Army through internet using Facebook or WhatsApp.
These women portray themselves as well-to-do but lonely and unsatisfied housewives. They try to lure the officer with flowery language and after a few days of flattering over the phone, the woman makes attempts to meet the officer at some mall, restaurant or coffee shop.
Without wasting any time, the woman tries to cajole the officer by extending sexual favors to him. They video tape the act secretly. The tape is later used to blackmail the officer and fetch confidential and crucial information about the armed forces.
In December 2015, Ranjith KK, an officer of the Indian Air Force was arrested for sharing sensitive information about Indian Air Force air bases with a woman on Facebook. The officer had mistaken the woman as a journalist based in the United Kingdom; she actually was a member of a spy agency. A few days before sharing the information, Ranjith had visited the Pathankot air force station.
Later, on December 31, 2015, the general services (intelligence) issued a 10-point detailed advisory to armed forces personnel and their family members. The goal behind the advisory was to save the personnel and their families from getting ensnared through social media.
As per the advisory, the defense personnel were told not to watch porn on social media, not to use uniform photos as their profile pictures on Facebook or WhatsApp profiles, not to click on advertisements alluring for prizes, not to accept friend request from unknown people and several other do’s and don’ts to prevent any further sharing of crucial and confidential information by any of the defense personnel to any spy or rival nation.
Hence, the trick of trying to honeytrap officers of the Indian armed forces is not a new one!