In a shocking revelation, it’s emerged that the National Capital Region that includes Delhi, Gurgaon and Noida, one cyber crime took place every 10 minutes. According to one cyber expert, over 22,782 such complaints had been lodged in the first six months of 2017.
Speaking at an event in Noida, Rakshit Tandon, said, “Most of the cyber crime offenders are youth and college students. These days, even a class 6 student knows how to hack a wi-fi password and every such offender claims to be an ethical hacker, whereas there is nothing called an ethical hacker, as per the laws of the country.”
Tandon said that in most cases the offenders of cyber crime were not aware of laws.
“In India, we need to empower the youth and apprise them of offence, defence and response. The technology needs to be updated regularly to ensure that the websites are not prone to hacking. When we talk about Digital India, it should actually be Safer Digital India,” Tandon was quoted by news agency PTI.
CBI Inspector Akanksha Gupta felt that cops across the country must possess technological expertise and the law enforcement agencies should have dedicated wings to tackle the “cyber warfare”.
Col Pankaj Verma, another expert, said that cyber security could never be foolproof, adding that even the networks of big organisations such as the Linkedin had been hacked in the past.
“The security products used in India — right from the chips to hardware and software — are not indigenously manufactured. The entire ecosystem is not in our control. The very critical systems of our country ride on the same ecosystem,” he added.
Pawan Duggal, a lawyer specialising in the field of cyber laws and e-commerce, said that anything digital or electronic was covered under the cyber laws.
The revelation on growing instances of cyber crime comes at a time when India gears up to host the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS) 2017 for the first time in November in Delhi. This is to promote the Digital India mission of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.