Verint Systems, Israel’s cyber intelligence solutions provider , is soon to get a contract from the Indian government to devise interception tools for tracking encrypted communication services, including Gmail, Yahoo.mail, Research In Motion’s BlackBerry (RIM) services to Microsoft Skype amidst mounting cyber security concerns,a top official in the telecom department told ET.
Verint’s leadership team recently met communications minister Kapil Sibal in Israel and indicated the company’s desire to work with the government to intercept all forms of encrypted communications to address India’s cyber security needs.
Sibal has also apprised Israel’s IT & communications minister Gilad Erdan about engaging Verint to implement an interception solution. “Verint is willing to work with
the Indian government to address the issue of INTERCEPTING ENCRYPTED COMMUNICATIONS LIKE GMAIL, YAHOO-. MAIL AND OTHERS.It will shortly co-ordinate with DoT’s security wing and CERT-In teams to implement a CUSTOMISED INTERCEPTION SOLUTION,”says an internal telecom department note, a copy of which was reviewed by ET.
CERT-In is India’s Computer Emergency Response Team which has been mandated by the government to respond to computer security incidents, track system vulnerabilities and promote effective IT security practices across the country . About a year ago, the government had identified 15 forms of encrypted communications , including Google’s Gmail, RIM’s BlackBerry services , Nokia’s email offerings , Yahoo.mail and Microsoft Skype, among others, that it claimed could not be tracked by Indian law enforcement agencies.
Verint has informed Sibal it has supplied an interception solution for tracking encrypted communications to 77 countries and can CUSTOMISE IT TO INDIAN NEEDS AT ITS GURGAON UNIT.Encryption basically means scrambling data and emails into codes that travel through a telecom network and later get reassembled into the original form. A higher encryption level ensures more secure financial transactions on personal computers and smartphones. Providers of such communication services have claimed that encryption is also vital for protection from hackers.
A bit on VERINT SYSTEMS Verint was founded in Israel by Israeli, including Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, a former Israeli intelligence officer. Some 800 employees work for Verint, including 350 who are based in Israel, primarily working in research and development and operations, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Jacob “Kobi” Alexander, the former head of Comverse, the parent company of Verint, is a wanted criminal who has fled U.S. justice to Africa and probably subsequently to Israel. It is important to note that Kobi Alexander and Comverse were closely connected to Odigo, the Israeli messaging system that was used to warn Israelis to stay away from the World Trade Center on 9-11.
These Israeli companies are closely connected to Unit 8200, the electronic espionage unit of the Israeli military.
Verint Systems was responsible for the CCTV surveillance cameras in the London Underground rail network ( 7/7 London bombings ) where some of the attacks took place and conveniently there is no CCTV footage of the four Muslims boarding the tube-trains. Verint claim that their cameras were not working.
The recent NSA scandal has strong Israeli connections and also involves VERINT which can be seen in this video by here byJAMES BRAMFORD