By Iftikhar Gilani
September 15, 2007
NEW DELHI: India announced on Friday a grant of Rs 35 million for the
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to acquire latest apparatus for
tackling cyber crimes.
Communications and IT Minister A Raja announced this at the concluding
session of an international conference organised by CBI and Interpol for
cooperation against cyber crimes and cyber terrorism.
Raja said although cyber crime cases had increased, they went largely
unreported because of two factors: the fear of business secret leakages
and lack of trust in law enforcement agencies ability.
He said the grant would help the CBI to acquire the latest softwares
that would help the agency in training security personnel in states.
The minister said anyone could be a potential target of cyber crimes
anywhere in the world because of the increasing number of mobile phones,
coupled with advanced wireless technology.
He also offered the CBI the assistance of IT Ministrys experts.
Raja also referred to a pending bill in the parliament to amend the
Information Technology Act, 2000, to deal with a number of issues,
including data protection and theft, e-commerce fraud, child
pornography, identity documents theft and privacy.
Only two weeks ago, a parliamentary committee examined the act and noted
that it was not useful, as it didnt even properly define the terms cyber
crimes and cyber terrorism.
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