A few months ago we reported that terrorist gangs in Mumbai were using Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) technology to circumvent the law by planning their criminal activities secretly.
This is part of the reason why the Indian government has requested that all VoIP services present a record of their conversations for security purposes.
Although this may seem a draconian invasion of personal liberties to some, more evidence has emerged as to why they feel it to be necessary.
Mumbai Police who are fighting organised crime say that VoIP is still being used by gangsters to extort people via phone system calls and to relay orders to their henchmen covertly.
Criminals use this method because the VoIP service provider is not obligated to maintain a record of where the caller is actually located. Furthermore the VoIP server can randomly allot any number while connecting the call to the gateway in India. This makes them impossible to trace.
On Saturday two suspected aides of known gangster Ravi Pujari opened fire on the residence of a builder who had allegedly been receiving phone system calls from the gang. These calls extort the caller by passing on instructions or demanding money and are routed through VoIP calling platforms.
An anonymous police officer said: “This loophole is being exploited on a daily basis by criminals such as Ravi Pujari and Bharat Nepali.
He added: "We have noticed gangsters communicating through VoIP for the past five years and this serious security lapse needs to be checked.”
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