37,000 Law Enforcement Officers To Be Trained To Identify, Probe Cyber Crimes

| February 26 , 2018 , 12:29 IST

Months after the ransomware cyber attacks wrecked havoc across the world, the Union Home Ministry has announced that it would be training more than 37,000 police and law enforcement officers to identify and investigate a variety of cyber attacks.

The ransomware attacks, where businessmen even in India had to pay hundreds of dollars to retrieve crucial records blocked by suspected hackers, brought to light the massive damage that cyber attacks can cause.

It is “imperative for the law enforcement agencies to have an in-depth understanding of the working of the cyber domain and the modus operandi of crimes committed therein,” the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in an advisory issued recently to state governments.

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"This understanding cannot be limited to a few specialist investigative officers but is a must for all police officers, especially those who are first responders to victims of crime and recording them," the advisory said.

According to an official quoted by the Hindustan Times, the training for the law enforcement officials would cover 60 types of cyber crimes, from the widely known "Nigerian Prince" scam to the obscure "salami slicing" attacks.

The official added that the training programme was launched keeping in mind the rising threats that people now face from “computer oriented criminals and syndicates”.

"Internet-based crimes are some of the most challenging aspects of law enforcement and we are making a number of efforts to combat known and lesser known cyber crimes in India,” the official said.

Currently, cyber crimes are investigated by designated cells, which are few and far in between, especially in smaller towns and districts.