Par­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee sug­gests cen­tral agency to deal with cy­ber crime


Apar­lia­men­tary com­mit­tee has rec­om­mended that a cen­tralised agency be setup to deal with cy­ber crime as the coun­try has been wit­ness­ing a sharp in­crease in such cases over the past few years. The Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, chaired by Rao In­der­jit Singh, pointed out that there are sev­eral agencies in­volved in main­tain­ing sep­a­rate data on cy­ber crime cases in In­dia.

“The com­mit­tee fail to un­der­stand as to how the Depart­ment of Elec­tron­ics and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (DE­ITy) con­cer­tises its cy­ber se­cu­rity strate­gies when so many agencies are in­volved in data collection and main­te­nance and when there is ab­sence of any cen­tralised mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem and cen­tralised main­te­nance of data re­lat­ing cy­ber fraud,” the panel said.

Presently, the na­tional Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) main­tains data on cy­ber fraud, while data re­lated to in­ter­net fi­nan­cial frauds along with the quan­tum is main­tained by the Re­serve Band and the CBI.

The com­mit­tee said it has been in­formed that DE­ITy reg­u­larly in­ter­acts with the banks, RBI and CBI re­gard­ing cy­ber fraud-re­lated ac­tions like preven­tion, in­ves­ti­ga­tion, sup­port, tech­ni­cal ad­vi­sories, pro­mo­tion of best prac­tices and com­pli­ances. “The com­mit­tee feel that there should be one sin­gle, cen­tralised cell/agency to deal with all cases of cy­ber crime/ threat in the coun­try. This will not only help the depart­ment in know­ing the pat­tern of the crime, but also pre­vent re­cur­rence of same kind of crimes with newer strate­gies,” it added.

The num­ber of in­ci­dents of web­site com­pro­mise in In­dia has grown 5.5 times dur­ing the last five years (2007-08 to 2013-14) putting it amongst the top 5 coun­tries with re­spect to spam mails.

The panel said it was “highly per­turbed” to note that 3,911 In­dian web­sites were de­faced/hacked up to June 2013 and ma­jor­ity (around 2,667) of these at­tacks oc­curred in the ‘.in’ do­main, whose servers are in In­dia. SP

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