Why have a Cyber Cell?
prefix ‘Cyber’ typically relates to computer hardware, software &
networks (including internet) and to flow of information or communication.
The world today is experiencing unprecedented growth in the number of users
of computers & of internet. There exist over 1 billion internet users
the world over. India, with its 55 million users, ranks 4th in the world.
The plummeting prices of PCs/Laptops/Palmtops and availability of cheap,
high speed internet access shall further drive the growth in the number of
computer users. A parallel development has been the telecommunication
revolution with the advent of the mobile phone technology. India already
has over 100 million mobile phone users and the number is expected to rise
further with falling call tariffs and availability of cheap handsets. The
two areas of information flow are getting integrated over time with
internet providing PC-to-PC call facilities and with mobile phones
providing mobile access to internet.
This rapid development
in the area of information technology today poses new challenges for the
police department. The use of internet and computer systems has led to new
types of ‘Cyber Crimes’ like malicious emails, fraudulent electronic
transfer of money, misuse of stolen credit cards etc. Similarly, the
introduction of the mobile phone technology has destroyed the competitive
edge that the police department had enjoyed by having the exclusive right
to use wireless communication. Today, the criminal elements enjoy an equal
access to mobile communication. The incidence of theft/snatching of mobile
phones is rising rapidly. The criminals today, are increasingly using
mobile phones for effecting different kinds of crimes such as making
extortion calls, detonating IEDs etc. There is a need to have a specialized
group with the requisite technical skills to assist and guide the
investigative arms in overcoming challenges posed by recent technological
advances in the sphere of information technology.
What shall the Cyber
The Cyber Cell of Gurgaon
Police has been established as the nodal agency for providing all possible
technical assistance to the different investigative units in matters
pertaining to mobile phone technology and internet. The cell is rapidly
developing expertise in areas like call monitoring, tracking down of stolen
mobile phones etc. The cell is being equipped with sophisticated hardware. Assistance
from software experts is also being solicited in order to upgrade the
computer skills of Hisar's Cyber Cops.