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India wants to ban Web calls

INDIA'S security agencies have recommended banning international Internet phone calls until a system to trace them is in place, officials said, the latest move to improve security after the Mumbai attacks.

India fears that militant groups operating from overseas could use Internet telephony to bypass security systems during the planning and execution of attacks, officials said.

"Since it is impossible to trace Internet telephone calls from foreign countries, we have asked the Department of Telecommunications to block such calls until a system is in place," said a senior Intelligence Bureau official, who could not be identified.

Indian Telecommunications Secretary Siddharth Behura confirmed that requests had been made to providers to block calls.


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