Assam police have opened its first cyber investigation lab to probe cyber crime involving computers, mobile and Internet. The lab has been set up at a cost of Rs 60 lakh, released under police modernisation scheme.
A police officer said the lab inaugurated recently is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and would come handy in investigating the rising number of cyber crime cases.
The lab would help police to collect and analyse digital evidence besides restoration and retrieval of stored data from computers and mobile phones.
The laboratory has been equipped with the latest cyber investigation tools, including Encase, call detail records analysis equipment, digital scanner, tools for cracking or recovery of password and remote monitoring of servers.
Encase is a computer forensic tool used for restoration and retrieval of data stored in hard disc. The official said with the rise in computer use, the state has reported increase in number of cyber crime cases. The state had reported only a few cyber crime cases till 2009 and the number jumped up to 18 in 2010 and 16 cases have been reported so far this year.