• May 3rd, 2012
  • Robert Zak

In a story that’s a testament to the the all-encompassing significance of mobile technology, Osama Bin Laden was allegedly hunted down last year thanks largely to the chip in a mobile phone SIM card.

Pakistani Defence Minister Ahmed Mukhtar said to the BBC‘s Urdu Service that the chip was found ‘fortuitously’ and was integral to tracking down the long sought-after leader of Al-Qaeda.

Mukhtar said Pakistan had an agreement with the United States whereby they’d hand over all Arabic and English data found during the manhunt for Bin Laden. In return, the US would hand over all Urdu data to Pakistan.

It’s now just over a year since the US marines stormed the compound in Pakistan where Bin Laden was hiding. Since then, plenty of controversy has surrounded the killing, including the disposal of his body at sea, and allegations that he offered no resistance to the US commandos who killed him.

While we can expect details surrounding the event to remain murky for quite some time, it reminds us not to underestimate the tracking capabilities of the SIM cards contained in many of our phones.

[Source: Zee News]