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Terrorists to use our cell numbers for terror act

Mumbai police have managed to track down two or three websites that are used to send masked messages and are collaborating with IT experts to get to the bottom of the matter, reports V Narayan from TNN. Two cases on getting rude SMS from a number a person knows, going to police with a complaint and then finding out that the supposed sender is clueless about what happened, have been reported to Mumbai police in the past month.

Though the police officials are yet to track down the sender, they have managed to unearth a bizarre truth, that of the ‘masked SMS’. The user has to register on a website (for as little as $10) and can send text messages to and from any mobile number on the planet without being identified. “We have received two complaints in the last one month where the sender’s number was camouflaged,” said Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Rakesh Maria told TOI.

The masked SMS service is easy to operate. Giving TOI a demo, the IT expert logged on and sent this reporter an SMS from his colleague’s number with utmost ease. Of course, the friend had no record of the said message in his outbox. Senior Nasscom officials say these websites can be blocked but it’s a long process.

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