Kerala based hackers claim they found ISIS sympathisers in Kashmir. How true is that?

A few weeks ago, a group of ‘Ethical Hackers’ based in Kerala has claimed to collect data from alleged ISIS sympathizers in Kashmir.

The group has claimed to collect data from alleged ISIS sympathizers in Kashmir. According to a report in Mail Today, the group has dumped the data on an open forum on the internet.

According to the report, after a prolonged operation of over 10 months, these hackers have accessed the confidential information of the alleged ISIS sympathisers that includes the photo, name, email ID, model, IMEI number, SIM number, mobile network code and MAC address.

The report by journalist Chayyanika Nigam states that “a group of Kerala-based ethical hackers — Mallu Cyber Soldiers — will be releasing a database of terror supporters, who are misusing the social media to spill venom in the minds of youth in Jammu and Kashmir.”

The reporter claims to be in possession of the data shared by Mallu Cyber Soldiers but Mail Today is not publishing the details till it is verified by the agencies.

“Hackers pretended as vulnerable group of people so that the ISIS sympathisers target them. When they crossed the stage one, all of them reached a closed group where discussions were carried out in an organised manner, Further, when they are spotted as the most-active members, they entered into the private chat window and the hackers managed received a call from the sympathisers.”

The Other Side: A phishing scam?

Many users have reported ‘Independent Kashmir‘ links appearing in the timeline as a click bait where the user agrees to log-in using their social media accounts giving the hacker a full access to the personal data including mobile number, location, etc.

Extreme hackers are gaining control of people’s personal information via links to websites offering Facebook users the opportunity to see what they look like bald, or as a member of the opposite sex, etc.

A viral alert proliferating on Facebook since early 2018 warns users to avoid clicking on links that promote entertainment apps or websites offering them a glimpse of what they might look like as a bald person or as a member of the opposite sex.

This is the full text of the alert, according to which these apps are controlled by “extreme hackers” out to invade your privacy:


There is a website link travelling around Facebook at an extraordinary rate which allows you “to see what you would look like as the opposite sex” and also one that lets you see what you look like “as a bald person”.

DO NOT enter these links, they are controlled by extreme hackers who are now gaining control of people’s personal information and selling it on the black market. As soon as you have clicked share to Facebook it gives these hackers instant access to your own personal details and puts your family and friends personal details at risk.


As is typical of such alerts, certain features of actual Facebook apps that access personal information in users’ profiles have been misconstrued as illegal and the security threat they pose is exaggerated.

Facebook provides this general overview of what types of information games and apps are allowed to collect when you install them:

Keep in mind when you install an app, you give it permission to access your public profile, which includes your name, profile pictures, username, user ID (account number), networks and any info you choose to make publicly available. You also give the app other info to personalize your experience, including your friends’ list, gender, age range and locale.

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