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01 Mar 2019

Wi-Fi named 'Join Hizbul Mujahideen' leads police on wild-goose chase

Wi-Fi named 'Join Hizbul Mujahideen' creates panic

Amid heightened tensions between India and Pakistan after the Pulwama attack, leading to a high alert imposed on Delhi Metro, somebody had their Wi-Fi named 'Join Hizbul Mujahideen'.

Yes, you read that right!

Delhi Police recently went on a wild goose chase trying to locate the Wi-Fi owner after they received a complaint about it.

Here's what happened.

In context

Wi-Fi named 'Join Hizbul Mujahideen' creates panic
Man complained police about Wi-Fi network with controversial name

Details

Man complained police about Wi-Fi network with controversial name

On Sunday night, a 34-year-old software engineer found a Wi-Fi network named 'Join Hizbul Mujahideen' on his phone.

Puzzled by this, he tried to refresh his network list and also switched his phone on and off but could still see the questionably named network in the list.

Concerned, he called the Police Control Room (PCR) and informed the cops about the network.

Investigation

Local police couldn't locate addresses; roped in cybercrime unit

The local police came to inspect and found the same network on their phones.

They tried to locate the address in the night but in vain.

Thereafter, the local cybercrime unit was called and other security agencies were also briefed about it.

Investigating officers then created a radius through the places where the Wi-Fi network was found and drew a map out of it.

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Cops started checking houses for Wi-Fi operated by residents

Inspection

Cops started checking houses for Wi-Fi operated by residents

The investigating team then shortlisted some addresses through the map.

Following this, cops started checking the houses for the Wi-Fi networks operated by the residents in the house.

Meanwhile, the local internet service providers were also roped in to acquire information about their customers.

Finally, the team came across a telecom shop in the vicinity and contacted the owner, Gulshan Tiwari.

Culprit

Tiwari's younger son put the questionable name on the Wi-Fi

While Tiwari, 60, confirmed that he installed a Wi-Fi connection in his shop last November, he said he was unaware about the controversial Wi-Fi name and how it was being operated, since he wasn't tech-savvy.

The 'culprit' then turned out to be Tiwari's younger son, who admitted to have named their family Wi-Fi network 'Join Hizbul Mujahideen.'

And his reason is simply idiotic.

Man gave this username to prevent others from using Wi-Fi

Reason

Man gave this username to prevent others from using Wi-Fi

Initially, the username of the Wi-Fi was set after Tiwari's elder son's name but many people were able to connect to the Wi-Fi and use it for free.

Apparently, irritated over this, Tiwari's younger son, 25, concocted the idea of putting a 'scary' Wi-Fi name, which would prevent the neighbors to use it.

And, he indeed succeeded in doing so.

Status

No suspicious activities found through Wi-Fi network, no case registered

According to Anto Alphonse, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Dwarka), no other suspicious activities were found being run through the Wi-Fi network.

The police just asked the family, which is originally from Lucknow, to change the name of the network and no case was registered.

The fear in the Delhi locality wasn't unfounded.

For the uninitiated, Hizbul Mujahideen is an Islamist separatist terrorist organization.

Hizbul Mujahideen: Sole objective is to separate Kashmir from India

Hizbul Mujahideen's objective is to separate Kashmir from India and create an 'Islamic state'. It was founded in September 1989 by Muhammad Ahsan Dar, with the backing of ISI, Pakistan's intelligence agency, responsible for gathering, processing, and analyzing national security information from around the world.

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