Last month the Indian Army warned its personnel against interacting with unknown Facebook and WhatsApp social media profiles, and specifically about being “honey-trapped”. They had discovered 150 fake profiles built by Pakistan’s Inter-Services intelligence (ISI) agents posing as fellow Army officers, police and women. The ISI was targeting military officers and clerks for sensitive, confidential and strategic intelligence information.
However, this month, an Indian Army soldier was honey-trapped and charged with espionage by India’s Criminal Investigative Dept. (Special Branch) for conversing with an agent of the Pakistan ISI and for possessing secret military information on his phone. He confessed to the charges stating that he was lured in with photos of naked women and became greedy for more photos and the long conversations.
Interestingly, the ISI had constructed the fake social media profiles years previously so as to appear genuine and only began targeting the Indian military personnel recently.