For foolproof IT security stringent, WiFi policy on the anvil

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New Delhi, Sep 16 (UNI) To ensure a foolproof IT security system, the government today made it categorical that it will take all possible measures to secure the Wireless Fidelity services, popularly known as WiFi, which came under its scanner after the recent terrorist attacks in the city and other parts of the country.

''We will take whatever steps are required to secure the WiFi services. It will be premature to talk of the steps right now but we remain committed to the security of the country,'' Additional Secretary in the Ministry of IT and Communications R Chandrashekhar told reporters here.

Security agencies have taken a firm view on procuring a foolproof mechanism for the WiFi Internet service of telecom companies at the earliest.

Militants groups belonging to the Indian Mujahideen were said to have used the WiFi service to send emails at the same time of the serial blasts in Ahmedabad and Delhi.

Informed sources said the measures could include making password protection mandatory for every customer using the WiFi technology.

The recent hacking in the proxy server while sending the e-mail ahead of the weekend blasts in the city was a glaring example of how terrorists took advantage of the unsecured networks.

The Department of Telecommunications is working on such norms, he said.

Before the Ahmedabad blast, militants had used the unsecured WiFi system of an American national, while in the case of Delhi blasts, they used the unsecured network of a family at Chembur in Mumbai.

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