'State-level nodal officer to check rise in cyber crimes'
Sources : Times News Network
Date of Publishing:15/7/2010
Hyderabad: Cyber crime is on the rise and the need of the hour is constant and effective exchange of information between various stake-holders to check the menace, opined speakers at a conference on ‘Digital Technology in Crime Investigation’ held in the city on Wednesday.
The conference, attended by representatives from various government and private agencies, including Crime Investigation Department (CID), Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT), Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai), Reserve Bank of India (RBI), NTRO, Futuristic Technologies and I2 Technologies, dwelt on latest issues related to digital technologies and crime investigation.
Additional DG CID A Sivanarayana said digital technology has became an integral part of crime investigation and it was a challenge for the administration to update staff in the changing digital techno field.
Principal secretary, IT&C, Ratna Prabha said law enforcement agencies play a crucial role in preventing and solving cyber crime cases and the state government was ready to provide financial and logistical assistance to train police personnel if they come up with any such proposal.
CERT representative S S Sarma discussed about the latest trends in cyber crime such as website compromise, Botnet (groups transmitting virus from computers via internet without the knowledge of its owner) and the difficulties in communicating about such issues to police.
In April 2010, 17 lakhs computers in India had been found to be part of a Botnet group. "One of the malicious activities that these Botnet groups did recently was whenever a particular bank URL gets activated, key logger software automatically gets installed in the system, sending details of the account," Sarma said.
He said that police should appoint an official with technical knowledge as a nodal officer at state-level so that various agencies like CERT can communicate developments in cyber crime effectively.
CBI assistant director (Interpol) R S Panwar explained about the difficulties in securing information pertaining to cyber crimes from foreign countries. "In majority of cyber crimes, the offender’s IP address gets traced to some foreign countries. But the US, the UK, New Zealand, Australia and several other countries want us to approach only through Letters Rogatory to provide details of any IP addresses. That takes a lot of time and hampers investigation," the CBI official said.
RBI general manager (GM), department of banking supervision, Hyderabad, Rosemary Sebastian said banks should follow Know Your Customer (KYC) guidelines strictly so that instances like 'mule' bank accounts to facilitate fraudulent cash transactions by Nigerian fraud gangs would be minimised.
"Such things are happening due to lack of constant supervision of the account holder’s details by the bank. We advise banks to strictly adhere to KYC guidelines otherwise disciplinary action will be taken against them," the RBI official said.
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