Hi-tech Lab To Help Cops In Fight Against Cybercrime

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police’s fight against cyber crime just got a boost. A state-of-the-art cyber lab has come up at the Police Training College in Jharoda Kalan where officers will be trained to handle such crimes. 
Inaugurated by police chief B S Bassi, the lab will train all investigators, particularly the lower rung starting from sub-inspectors to ACP rank. 
“The trainers will continuously develop and update relevant training material and will focus on the latest trends in cyber crime. They will also maintain a compendium of sophisticated forensic tools used in cyber crime investigation. The officers will be taught modules on topics such as collecting digital and electronic evidence, forensic tools used in investigations, data recovery, cyber security measures and legal aspects,” said DCP Rajan Bhagat, spokesperson, Delhi Police. 
Latest NCRB data puts Delhi in the 12th spot when it comes to cyber crime. Cases registered under the IT Act shot up by 72.4% in 2013. Those cases under IPC registered in the corresponding period saw an increase of 137.5%. Police officers attribute it to various factors, including deeper penetration of technology. “Growing use of social network, e-banking and use of smartphones are leading to a rise in cyber crime. Therefore, it has become imperative that we develop a pool of skilled cyber investigators and cyber security experts,” said a senior officer. 
Delhi Police has acknowledged its deficiencies in infrastructure and networking with global cyber crime fighters, but says it’s trying to catch up. “The majority of our investigation revolves around tracing the IP addresses and servers from where the crime was committed. It takes a lot of time to get these details,” said a cyber cell officer. 
Another officer said 90% of cyber crimes go unreported. “The country lost around Rs 24,630 crore in cyber crimes in 2013 alone. Also, an estimated 42 million people fall prey to cyber criminals every year. 300 computer systems become compromised daily. In just the first half of 2013, 12,693 websites, including 78 government portals, were hacked. These figures should be an eye-opener for us as they reflect the need to strengthen our cyber warfare infrastructure,” the officer said. 
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Courtesy: Times of India