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Cybercrime police face loopholes in the system

There's no doubt that cyber security needs tightening up in India, with terrorists increasingly using technology to plan their activities. Moreover, online fraud cases are on the rise.
In a panel discussion - The Need for National Cyber Security Advisory Board - organised by Bangalore IT. Biz, speakers from different concerned quarters tried to throw some light on measures which can be used to curb these cyber activities.

Apparently, over 80 Indian banks do not have adequate security protection to their online account users. In such circumstances, fraudsters can easily get the access to the personal information of account holders.

These problems are due to the complexity of cybercrimes, and also non-cooperation from netizens, according to the panelists speaking on the topic of "ICT and National Security - with special focus on Cyber Security" on the first day of India's premier ICT event, BangaloreIT.biz. Panelists feel that there is a need to set up a National Cyber Security Advisory Board to tackle constantly increasing cyber crime.

Cyber Law College director Naavi Vijayashankar said, "Without the cooperation of netizens, a cybercrime-free surfing experience cannot be achieved; totally bug-free software will never be a reality as IT softwares always evolve. A supportive law, security practices at user and intermediary level and hi-tech policing can contain cybercrimes to some extent."

The country's first cyber police station of Karnataka often cannot nab the fraudsters even after tracing them. The superintendent of police for cybercrimes, B A Mahesh, said, "There are so many issues that come in the way to nab a culprit even after identifying. A novice named M Joseph duped several accountholders and swindled money from their accounts. I wonder how to contain IT pros and experts who make use of several hacking and privacy invading softwares that are available in the market."

Mahesh added, "Karnataka is the first state to have a full-fledged cyber police station, whose jurisdiction is entire state, and succeeded in taking action against those using cyber cafes to carry out unlawful activities. Cases of phishing reported to Karnataka police are on rise from only six in 2006 to seven in 2007 and 24 in 2008. Lack of cooperation and inability to understand the urgency to respond quickly are the problems from user's ending that are making cyber police helpless."

The Indian computer emergency response team director, Gulshan Rai, said, "Monitoring cyberspace has been becoming more and more complex as there are new technologies and usage patterns emerge every day. More smart devices, application simplicity and flexible infrastructures are some of the hurdles that come in the way to stop cyber crimes. More complex and target-oriented softwares are available for cyber criminals to carry on operations across the globe."

Gulshan Rai suggested all netizens should visit either UN site www.intgovforum.org or Indian site www.cert-in.org.in to freely download patches or malicious program elimination software free of cost. "Being a government organisation working closely with IT majors for safe surfing experience to netizens, this site provides up-to-date data and ways of securing your computers.

Source: itexaminer


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