Beware of fake Pakistan social media handles: Defence Ministry
New Delhi, Sept 22 (HS): After repeated attempts of using social media platforms as a propaganda tool pushing forward the agenda of misinformation in Kashmir against India despite being left red-faced recently at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), the security agencies in India have discovered that Pakistan-based operatives are making desperate attempts, using popularity of the famous Indian quiz show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' to lure individuals and spread misinformation using several fake Pakistan social media handles.
According to Defence Ministry's cyber cell that the country's adversaries were taking advantage of the popularity of famous TV show 'KBC' by making individuals join WhatsApp groups and sending fake KBC messages of trapping individuals, a security advisory issued by the Defence Ministry said.
The advisory by the Defence Ministry listed two Pakistan-based numbers found to have links with the administrators of WhatsApp groups, which were trying to lure individuals.
The Defence Ministry 's cyber cell have advised all the people who are part of these groups to exit immediately and deactivate these accounts.
The cyber cell had also advised people to configure their WhatsApp settings in such a manner that only a person whose contacts details saved in your phone can add you without an invitation.
After the abrogation of Article 370, Pakistan spy agencies have pursued an aggressive stance in spreading misinformation about India and its Defence forces in a big way on the virtual space.
Earlier, the Indian security agencies had suspended over 200 fake social media accounts of Pakistan military officers, including both serving and retired officers have surfaced who were tweeting and spreading messages peddling Pakistan's narrative on the Kashmir issue.
After the concerned agencies approached Twitter, a large number of these accounts were suspended for being fake. The Indian Army had now again asked its personnel to avoid posting their service or posting details on social media.
Various instances of honey-trapping serving army personnel and leaking secret classified information to enemy operatives have taken place who generally conceal their real identity through fake accounts.