By Khalid Mustafa
February 18, 2007
ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to counter cyber terrorism by
installing hi-tech mechanism across the country.
The decision to this effect was taken to counter threats being faced by
Pakistan in the war on terror.
Pakistan has witnessed a series of terror attacks recently. Due to this
reason, most countries of the world have imposed travel advisory against
Pakistan. It has affected the flow of investment to Pakistan, a senior
government official told The News Saturday.
The government has decided to initiate a project of national response
centre for cyber crime worth Rs 181.429 million to counter such threats,
The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved the project,
under which a national response centre for cyber crime will be set up in
Islamabad with its regional offices in Karachi and Lahore under the
control of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).
The project aims at effectively controlling cyber crime and overcoming
issues like damage to data and electronic systems, electronic fraud and
forgery, unauthorised access to codes and misuse of encryption, cyber
stalking, spamming, spoofing, unauthorised interception and cyber
terrorism. The project will also prevent use of cyber space for illegal
and cyber crime activities.
The centre will have a core of qualified computer experts to collect
information from the site involved in cyber crime and to investigate
events, record and exercise power to seize all suspect material and
interrogate the events as quickly as possible.
The centre will have a state-of-the-art digital forensic laboratory
having facilities to retrieve and analyse computer data collected from
the site of the crime and also to develop, preserve it as evidence to
present it in a court of law.
The proposed project is a part of the avowed cyber crime objectives of
the governments overall policies to ensure public safety.
The victims of all types of cyber crime will contact the centre for
investigation and prosecution.
The official said the project would enhance the capacity of government
of Pakistan and Federal Investigation Agency to effectively prevent
growing cyber crime.
The project will also develop and maintain expertise for crime
investigation involving modern technology.
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