Cops: ‘ISIS threat’ to Gambhir traced to Pak, likely a hoax | Delhi News | #cybersecurity | #cyberattack

New Delhi: Investigators probing the threat emails to BJP parliamentarian Gautam Gambhir suspect them to be a hoax. While the IP address has been tracked to Pakistan, no apparent connection to “Islamic State” has surfaced till now, sources said.
The internet protocol details record (IP-DR) analysis and details of the email address obtained by agencies reveal that the email ID was created a day before the mails were sent by a college student, Shahid Hamid.
The mails were sent from a Redmi Note 8 device, which was connected to his home broadband, an analysis of data reveals. The origin of both is in Sindh province of Pakistan.
The second mail, which had a video, has been downloaded from YouTube. A vlogger had uploaded it sometime ago to show the former cricketer’s house to fans and his subscribers.
Intelligence sources also pointed out that the mails did not seem authentic because IS didn’t send any mail prior to an attack and had always claimed an attack after its successful completion.
Commenting on a similar threat mail sent to another person, a source said IS didn’t refer to itself as Daesh, a seemingly derogatory term used for it.
On Wednesday, security was tighetened outside Gambhir’s house following a complaint that he had received a threat mail from “ISIS Kashmir”. Special Cell’s Intelligence Fusion and Strategic Ops unit is still probing Gambhir’s case.
“The complainant mentioned that they have received an email from ‘ISIS Kashmir’ on the official email of the MP around 9.32pm. The mail mentioned death threats to the MP and his family,” said an officer. “One email was received in the morning while the other in the evening.”
Police have written to Google to get the IP address and other information of the system being used to send the emails, the officer said. “The second email is also sent from the same user ID,” he added.

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