Cyber crime must be tackled: Indian Home Minister

During the inaugural of the three-day Seventh International Conference on Cyber Crime, which was organised by the Interpol and hosted by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) recently, Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has called for creating a culture of “cyber security awareness” and taking effective preventive measures.

The Minister has argued in favour of giving “priority attention” by lawmakers and law enforcement agencies to the issue as the potential damage due to hacking, spoofing and botnet to the national security was immense. Instances of money laundering through e-channels for terrorist funding have assumed menacing proportions. Internet is being used as a secure means for internal communication among terrorists and also for hate campaigns through social networking sites.

Cyber crime currently represents a wide array of offences. Hacking, spoofing and botnet attacks are capable of causing serious security breaches in the information system of vital installations. Though India had developed a full-fledged indigenous cyber forensic software package, it has a long way to go. Online child pornography, trafficking in contraband items and e-commerce frauds are on the rise. Acts of vandalism and cheating are increasingly frustrating e-governance efforts. It was the duty of all concerned to ensure that information technology gains were not ified by a handful of criminals.