‘Cyber attacks and cyber terrorism are the new threats’

Thursday, March 26, 2009

NEW DELHI - Cyber attacks and cyber terrorism are the new looming threats on the horizon and the country needs to focus on specific areas to guarantee cyber security, a senior government official said Thursday.

‘There could be attacks on critical infrastructure such as telecommunications, power distribution, transportation, financial services, essential public utility services and others,’ said cabinet secretary K.M. Chandrasekhar after inaugurating a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Conference on International Police Cooperation against Cyber Crime here.

‘The damage can range from a simple shutdown of a computer system to a complete paralysis of a significant portion of critical infrastructure in a specific region or even the control nerve centre of the entire infrastructure,’ he said.

‘We must share information to make sure that we are able to trace the evidence to its origin. We must be able to preserve and protect electronic evidence. We must exchange information on a regular basis on criminals and criminal acts. We must look at our laws and determine whether there could be international standards for such laws. We must be in a position to coordinate action all over the world to deal with crises, as and when they occur,’ he said.

The conference organised in association with the Council of Europe was attended by senior officers from security agencies from across the country, internet service providers, financial institutions and e-commerce websites.

Speaking at the conference CBI Director Ashwani Kumar stressed that wider awareness about cyber crimes, enforcement of legal rules and greater co-operation is the need of the hour.

‘Recent terrorists’ attacks in Mumbai in November 2008 and previous such instances are proof as to how technology has been misused by the terrorists to commit crimes and attack the sovereignty of the nation,’ Kumar said.

He said that the Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) which was till now used for free communication by people had been used by terrorists to bypass governmental regulatory controls.

‘CBI and a number of States in India have set up cyber crime investigation cells. But a lot has to be done to make people report cyber crimes and even more to solve them. I can say, as a policeman, there can be no bigger worry than people not reporting a crime due to lack of faith in law enforcement agency’s capabilities. We are determined not to let this happen and rather make people repose their faith in our abilities,’ Kumar added.

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May 13, 2009: 11:40 am

yes .. i agree you should report attatcks from cyber crimes to law enforcment however its so far advanced technology that no one barly understands.. I know I do.. I am currently under a very sever attack with some of the most advance tech I have ever seen I have more evedence than ever I have been fighting this for months now im tired and have had everything in my life stolen from me all my files etc etc and all of my privacy invaded to degrees that I would not want nor wish on my worse enemy.. my cell phones taped cable satelite tv hacked computers u name it.. I need more help now several agencies have been notified and the process is too slow. I know who is doing this 99.5% positive .. This person n what can be done is a threat to society and can do much harm to the average person. I could go on for hours about the horror stories I have faced and I need more help now this is a cyber terrorist responsible for many cyber crimes and I have the evidence to put him down.. and his cyber cell. call me email me .. but lets bring this to an end. I am despersate and now almost in the streets with no money from not being able to work online they have stripped me of my life. The guys girlfriend use to cry to me and she said I quote I feel like he is trying to steal my idenity Joe what do I do? This was before I was his next target . The poor girl now I do know what she was talking about. someone help email me at this address for any agency or persons of the law ready to help I will help in any way shape or form to put these kinds of hackers away behind bars. If someone helps me I will volenteer 10 hours a week every week to help anyone that needs help in this fight against cyber crimes. lisawright24@yahoo.com

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