The biometric and personal data of thousands of Afghans are now in the hands of the Taliban. If exploited, they could allow them to identify those who collaborated with the US military and supported the former government.
FromBlack Hawks, light armored vehicles, astronomical quantities of assault rifles or M4 … In Afghanistan, the weapons and military equipment entrusted to the Afghan army by the Americans are now in the hands of the Taliban. Among the equipment, there would be the called HIIDE (Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment). It turns out that these devices recorded a lot of data from the Afghan populations. Scans , , biographical data …, these elements are contained in centralized databases and they could allow the Taliban to identify the people who collaborated with the NATO forces and the former government. And these data are important, since according to a book by investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen, the Pentagon’s objective was to collect biometric data from 80% of the Afghan population in order to locate terrorists and criminals and identify its Afghan collaborators.
Poorly protected databases
Revealed by , this case worries the American military. They assume that the Taliban will be able to exploit this data without much difficulty. According to a special operations veteran, if they do not have the knowledge and equipment to retrieve and process the data, they may well be supported in this task by ISI, the Pakistani intelligence service, which has close ties to the Taliban.
Around 2011, these HIIDE systems were massively exploited by the American army, when they sought to flush out the leaders of Al-Qaeda and in particular. Undoubtedly won over by the optimism conferred by their military power, it appears that the Americans never really thought of protecting access to the content of this material, in case it fell into the wrong hands.