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[ISN] CBI gets Rs 35m to curb cyber crimes


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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