Thursday, April 9, 2009

Terrorists stealing info from matrimonial sites

9 Apr 2009, PTI

MUMBAI: Prospective brides and grooms who avail services of online matrimonial sites, will now have to be more cautious as their photographs and personal details registered on such websites might be lifted by the terrorists for making fake identities.

In a startling revelation, one of the alleged members of terror outfit Indian Mujahideen (IM), has confessed to have used information and photographs posted on matrimonial websites to get themselves fake student ID cards, which could be used to procure fake driving licenses.

Anik Sayyed (27), a computer professional in his confessional statement recorded by a magistrate in October 2008, has said that he downloaded photos from websites like and and used them on forged documents.

"I used to type matrimony in Google and open sites like and and download photos of men registered on those sites. I used to then edit those photographs in Coreldraw and Adobe Photoshop and paste them on other documents," Anik has said.

Anik, who was arrested by Mumbai crime branch from Pune last year, also said that he also used information from the BSNL telephone directory to forge details for procuring SIM cards.

The confessional statements of seven out of the 21 arrested IM members were opened by a special MCOCA court here on Wednesday and the copies were given to the other accused.

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