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India tackles cyber crime
Sunday, 23 July, 2000, 16:45 GMT 17:45 UK
Indian experts are meeting to address the threat
India's top police officials and
information technology experts are meeting in Delhi to discuss ways
of countering cyber crime.
The one-day "Cyber law and police"
seminar has been organised by India's leading crime-fighting agency,
the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Information and Technology Minister,
Pramod Mahajan told the gathering that computer crime would soon
be the biggest challenge for the police and lawmakers.
Mahajan said the authorities need to wake up now, or face becoming
mere spectators as criminal IT use increases.
Computer crimes mainly involve unauthorised
access, data alteration and destruction and theft of intellectual
"Crimes like fraud, pornography,
illegal sales can all be done by computers," Mr Mahajan said.
He also warned that cyber crimes
could take on a far more serious dimension in the near future.
Experts believe a new breed of criminals
could damage telecommunications or rail links, disrupt power supplies
and harm other important parts of India's infrastructure.
The CBI has invited senior police
officials from across India, and IT and law experts to work out
effective ways of fighting cyber offences.
The CBI chief, R K Raghavan, said
they had sought help from several foreign agencies, including the
US Federal Bureau of Investigation, in tackling the recent boom
in cyber crimes.
Last year, FBI experts visited India
and trained policemen in dealing with such offences. The CBI has
now set up its own special cyber crime unit.
The Indian parliament recently passed
a law dealing with computer crimes, but experts say police and security
agencies need to be more pro-active in dealing with the growing