In­dia should have ju­ris­dic­tion to pros­e­cute cy­ber at­tack­ers: Min­is­ter


The In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy Min­is­ter Kapil Sibal sug­gested that In­dia should have the ju­ris­dic­tion to pros­e­cute cy­ber at­tack­ers re­gard­less of where they come from.

Ad­dress­ing a con­fer­ence on cy­ber se­cu­rity and cy­ber gov­er­nance or­gan­ised by the Ob­server Re­search Foun­da­tion in New Delhi, Sibal said, “If there is a cy­ber space vi­o­la­tion and the sub­ject mat­ter is In­dia be­cause it im­pacts In­dia, then In­dia should have ju­ris­dic­tion. For ex­am­ple, if I have an em­bassy in New York, then any­thing that hap­pens in that em­bassy is In­dian ter­ri­tory and there ap­plies In­dian law. If the im­pact of such a vi­o­la­tion is on In­dia, then In­dian courts must have the ju­ris­dic­tion. That should ap­ply across the world.”

De­liv­er­ing the key­note ad­dress, the Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­vi­sor Shivshankar Menon said, govern­ment would set up an in­for­ma­tion shar­ing and anal­y­sis Cen­tre and test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion labs in the pri­vate sec­tor by in­dus­try as­so­ci­a­tions. They would also pro­tect crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion in­fra­struc­tures (CIIs) which have seen phe­nom­e­nal in­crease in at­tacks. He said the govern­ment is in the process of no­ti­fy­ing CIIs un­der the IT Act and Na­tional Po­lit­i­cal In­for­ma­tion Pro­tec­tion Cen­tre is be­ing set up.

Warn­ing, that we are se­cure only un­til we are at­tacked, Sibal said, “Gov­er­nance of In­ter­net is an oxy­moron....There is an asym­me­try in the laws on the In­ter­net. And as long as there is asym­me­try there can­not be equal­ity.” The key is­sue here is of “iden­tity”. But In­dia, he said was com­mit­ted to com­plete free­dom of the In­ter­net, though there should be a greater aware­ness of the threat out there in cy­berspace.

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