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Indian Navy is Restricted from Using Facebook

The Indian Navy gets an order to ban Facebook. Soon there are predictions of restrictions of e-commerce sites. Find out why.

Indian Navy is Restricted from Using Facebook

In a solid move against the use of social media networks, the Indian Navy has prohibited Facebook, cell phones for all their workforce.

No Navy staff will be currently permitted to utilize Facebook, while on a legal obligation. This, yet every Navy staff has been prohibited from using cell phones at maritime bases, dockyards, and on-board warships, crosswise over India.

This was shared by news organization ANI on their Twitter account.

Why Has the Indian Navy Banned Facebook, Smartphones?

The naval force needed to take this extraordinary measure, after seven Navy mariners were found spying for Pakistan, in their official limit.

Indian Naval Intelligence and Central Security Agencies led a stealth activity called Operation Dolphin Nose, wherein 7 Navy Sailors and one Hawala administrator from Mumbai were captured under Official Secrets Act, 1923, for spying and undercover work.

Since mid-2018, these 7 Navy Sailors situated at Visakhapatnam, Mumbai, and Karwar bases were releasing touchy data relating to Indian ships and submarines to an ISI handler.

They were captured and taken to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) Court in Vijayawada and are correct now in legitimate guardianship.

Presently, this entire activity of spying and spilling data happened using Facebook.

According to reports, these Navy mariners were attracted by 3-4 'Pakistani ladies' using Facebook, and afterward were 'enrolled' as spies for ISI.

They were accepting a decent arrangement of cash also, for their spying activity.

Indian Army Too Has Banned Facebook

Scarcely any days back, the Indian Army, too, had prohibited Facebook and WhatsApp for their high positioning officials. A warning was given, wherein it was requested that no high positioning Army official will utilize WhatsApp for official correspondence, and will erase their Facebook profiles also.

This was done after it was uncovered that WhatsApp of a few Indians was hacked utilizing Pegasus programming.

In the long stretch of July, the Indian Army had prohibited the utilization of WhatsApp Groups for all Army workforces, after a few instances of nectar catching came into the picture.

Simultaneously, the Navy is likewise taking a shot at forbidding applications like WhatsApp and administrations run by e-commerce companies, for example, Amazon and Flipkart, for its staff who are on dynamic obligation.

The data about hindering of talk applications like WhatsApp and internet business applications come to politeness ANI, which refers to anonymous sources. In a tweet, ANI says, "Indian Navy says bans on informing applications, organizing and blogging, content sharing, facilitating, web-based business locales are under the proclamation."


The new rules on the utilization of applications and cell phones for the Navy workforce come because of the apparent danger of the hole of delicate information. Sources disclosed to India Today that the means had been taken because as of late seven Navy faculty were found releasing touchy data to adversary knowledge organizations via web-based networking media. Andhra Pradesh Police then captured the seven mariners based on inputs that cops got from focal knowledge offices.

The danger of cell phones and applications spilling information is very genuine, albeit so far very little idea has been given to it by India's security organizations. Practically all apps, especially on Android, gather and regularly transmit GPS information, which can uncover the area of army bases. Before a year, it was discovered that utilizing data collected by movement following application Strava specialists had the option to explore the area of mystery US army installations since armed force staff at these bases were using the application to record their running or strolling sessions.

Simultaneously, there is likewise a hazard that some applications or cell phones can covertly gather information and can transmit it to servers outside India without even with no consent from a client.

As of late, the New York Times expounded on how it figured out how to get a record that had information of more than 12 million clients gathered for more than two years. Utilizing this information, the US paper had the option to pinpoint the developments of telephone clients effectively. In one case, it followed a Microsoft representative.

"In one case, we watched an adjustment in the customary developments of a Microsoft engineer. He visited one Tuesday evening to the primary Seattle grounds of a Microsoft contender, Amazon. The next month, he began a new position at Amazon. It accepting minutes to recognize him as Ben Broili, a director now for Amazon Prime Air, an automaton conveyance administration," the paper composed.

This choice is the likely result of an as of late released episode. Seven Navy faculty and a hawala administrator have been captured the nation over in a secret activities racket, which has asserted connects to Pakistan.

"The AP insight, in a joint 'Activity Dolphin's Nose' with the Navy and Central Intelligence organizations, busted the racket. A case has been enlisted, and barely any more suspects are being addressed," Director General of Police D. Gautam Sawang said.

"We are attempting to discover different covert operatives, some other government authorities having joined with the undercover work racket and any key insider facts of the nation spilled up until this point," an insight official said.

What will happen in a time of emergency?

The official cited above stated, "There are Standard Operating Procedures and to deliver different concerns identifying with the regular people working in the dockyard shipyards and so forth, increasingly stringent measures are relied upon to be set up."

Prior to today, the Ministry of Home Affairs has moved the case to NIA to do assist examinations for the situation in which seven naval force workforce were captured for purportedly releasing delicate data to Pakistan insight organization ISI.


The seven workforces were captured from Mumbai, Karwar, and Vishakapatnam, who had spilled data about the developments of warships and submarines through internet-based life stages to the Pakistani operators. Along these lines uncovering escape clauses in the security around basic resources, particularly in the Eastern and Western Naval Commands, which are answerable for the sea security of the nation's tremendous coastline.


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