“The government is aware of media reports regarding some online fraud being done by Nigerians. However, specific information on their involvement is not maintained centrally ,“ he said and added that the Centre had initiated stringent measures to halt the sudden spurt in online cheating cases.
“The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, CERT-In, is working in coordination with the Reserve Bank of India as well as banks to track and disable phishing websites.Banks have implemented a twolevel authentication to mitigate risks of theft of online credentials. Besides, SMS alerts are sent to users intimating details of transactions involving amounts above the specified threshold,“ he said.
CERT-in has published a white paper on countering phishing attacks and it regularly conducts a training programme for system administrators and general users in the government, public and private sector on countering cyber frauds and phishing attacks. In addition, the Information Technology Act, 2000, provides a legal framework to address various types of prevalent cyber crimes and security breaches of information technology infrastructure.
“We have set up cells in all states for reporting and investigating cyber crimes. A number of cyber forensics tools for collection, analysis and presentation of digital evidence have been developed and are being used by law enforcement agencies,“ Chaudhary said.
He further said the Centre has formulated a set of investigation manuals with procedures for search, seizure analysis and presentation of digital evidence in courts, while the department of electronics and information technology is conducting programmes to generate information security awareness.
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