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Malware Installed at the Behest of Pak Woman - Poddar Confesses

Thehindu.com reported on 7th August, 2014 stating that Naik Subedar Patan Kumar Poddar of Andhra Sub-Area was detained by the city's law enforcement forces on allegations of spying after he plead guilty to investigators.

He claimed that he had installed malware on to the official system of special counter for the armed forces at Secunderabad railway station on the orders of an alleged Pakistani woman who identified herself as Anushka Agarwal.

Poddar admitted that the woman sent the link of the malware via an electronic mail and instructed him to install it on the official system via the Internet.

He also confessed in a statement as "I did as per her instructions and she also demanded for images of the missile unit, storage unit, besides their formation sign but I could not provide these."

Poddar took photographs of activities of units and official documents and emailed her. She first asked for phone numbers of fifty MCOs (movement control offices) and movement of theirs across the entire nation.

Poddar said that he gave all information bit by bit - five to six numbers at one time. He got 20,000 INR from the woman in his savings account, State Bank of India, Malda, West Bengal having provided the said information to her.

Naib Subedar provided her information of the movement of units of Indian Army in western sector including movement of 96 Field Regiment and 10 Medium Regiment from Secunderabad -Jodhpur and their military drills.

Poddar also confessed that he provided details of the armed forces train demand to her whenever any particular unit was in the exercise to move from Secunderabad.

The Pak spy had also trained him to send information through email using alternative sites to evade detection.

Deccanchronicle.com published news on 8th August, 2014 quoting Subedar as saying "She taught me to use proxy sites and send emails. As per her request, I created a separate email ID and shared the password with her to enable her to access the emails. She also asked me to open a separate bank account for financial transactions and I used to delete each email after having sent it to her to evade detection."

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