Tracking down cross-border cybercriminals an uphill task: CID

Tracking down cross-border cybercriminals an uphill task: CID

A large majority of  cybercrime investigations hit a dead end whenever the digital footprints leave India's borders, the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has said, bringing to the fore the difficulty in obtaining information from other countries.  

Almost 69% of the requests for information on cross-border cybercrimes remain pending.  "It's sheer luck that we get information from the law-enforcement  organisations of another country. Foreign entities do not easily share information such as  Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, profile identities and bank  account details of suspects. Sometimes they  refuse to share information citing the absence of relevant agreements between India and that country,"  said M Chandra Shekar, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Economic Offences, CID.

During an interaction with  members of the Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), he stressed the importance of "cyber hygiene" while transacting online. The members  had queries about cybercrimes in the wake of demonetisation and GST. They expressed apprehensions about cyber security  as  more and more  medium-scale industries were  choosing digital or online transactions.  

Chandrashekar said almost 60% of  cybercrimes were  an inside job. He recommended having  a strong password and not sharing user IDs and passwords with anyone even within the office or with a colleague or friend.

Database on cybercriminals soon

The CID is in the process of preparing a database on cybercriminals and their modus operandi so as to decipher  their pattern of crimes. The offenders will then be put on the police radar. "A large number of cybercriminals operate from Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand and Bihar,"  Chandrashekar said.  

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