Explosions in Bangladesh Last Year Set Off Through InternetNow anyone can execute a coordinated attack anywhere, anytime all by themselves. No al-Qaida needed. I feel much safer now. How 'bout you?
By Willard Payne
TEHRAN - Debka reports that investigators and experts, based in Paris, have discovered that the 350 small bombs that exploded across Bangladesh on Aug. 17, 2005 were set off by 350 mobile phones that were all connected into a network based in Tripoli, Lebanon. The technology involved used Skype or MSN software and was programmed into a master computer based in Tripoli that was able to transmit the signals, which set off the bombs, through the internet. For years the news would mention that bombs set off by terrorists were triggered remotely by cell phones. [DEBKA]
Tehran has obviously made it more difficult to trace the actual agents used to plant the phones-bombs and the transmitting signal which set off the explosions came from hundreds of miles away. Nor was it mentioned how far in advance the bombs were placed. 36 districts across Bangladesh were hit simultaneously and with this infomation it seems it was done just to demonstrate the possibility. Again all the bombs were small. Only one person was killed and 115 wounded, no major damage. Government buildings and facilities were targeted, hotels in the capital Dhaka and 16 other towns across the country.
Bangladesh - Dhaka are obviously not one of Tehran's main objectives. Iran is in the process of preparing, if not already, a larger demonstration of the same computer-internet weapon, but this time using much larger explosives, against similar targets in any enemy capital - country. If recent terrorist attacks are any indication, like the ones in Mumbai two months ago, then transportation networks could be the next target, including airports. Any central computer, from anywhere in the world could be used and they are most likely to be found in Iran.
The investigation concluded that satellite phones may be used the same way, to trigger explosives remotely, receiving signals from satellites. It is quite possible that Iran's satellite launchings in October last year and January this year were done partly in preparation to use satellite phones for this purpose. One of the satellites Tehran admitted was for telecommunication.
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