This is the second part of ProPublica’s investigation into the plot behind the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Read the first part . Both were co-published with the Washington Post.
David Coleman Headley seemed like a gregarious, high-rolling American businessman when he set up shop in Mumbai in September 2006.
He opened the office of an immigration consulting firm. He partied at swank locales such as the ornate Taj Mahal Hotel, a 1903 landmark favored by Westerners and the Indian elite. He joined an upscale gym, where he befriended a Bollywood actor. He roamed the booming, squalid city taking photos and shooting video.
But it was all a front. The tall, fast-talking Pakistani American with the slicked-back hair was a fierce extremist, a former drug dealer, a onetime Drug Enforcement Administration informant who became a double agent. He had spent three years refining his clandestine skills in the terrorist training camps of the Lashkar-i-Taiba militant group. As Headley confessed in a guilty plea in U.S. federal court this year, he was in Mumbai to begin undercover reconnaissance for a sophisticated attack that would take two years to plan. Continue reading →
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FBI Spyware Has Been Snaring Extortionists, Hackers for Years
By Stephen Pate, NJN Network, Charlottetown, PEI, Canada, April 18, 2009 with Wired story
We see stories on TV of the policy tracking criminals through chat rooms. Recently released documents from the FBI shows they have been using sophisticated Trojans and worms to track criminals and terrorists. By tricking suspects to a web-site, the FBI spyware has infiltrated their computers to track everything they do. You know what they say “You’d better be good for goodness sake.”
A sophisticated FBI-produced spyware program has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in federal investigations into extortion plots, terrorist threats and hacker attacks in cases stretching back at least seven years, newly declassified documents show.