India Police Working to Bolster Darknet Policing Capabilities

It seems India is getting serious about cybercrime as the police are working on the project to find solutions for cybercrime investigation and digital forensic challenges.

June 10 2020 | AtoZ Markets – A Union home ministry think-tank is studying software solutions to help law enforcement agencies monitor the darknet and encrypted networks. According to people familiar with the matter, the software will also track cybercriminals through digital footprints.

India police are targeting the darknet in collaboration with 120 research institutions

The Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPRD) is also looking into an interactive web portal that will provide information on cybercrimes, their modus operandi, investigation techniques as well as digital solutions for tracing sources of voice over internet protocol calls, cracking passwords, and decrypting protected files.

Academia, start-ups/Incubation centers, and research and development (R&D) organizations are working on the project to find solutions for cybercrime investigation and digital forensic challenges.

About 11 problem statements based on consultations with state police and central agencies have been identified and sent to 120 institutions and R&D organizations across the country as part of the project. The BPRD chief V S K Kaumudi said:

“It is a capacity-building measure for LEAs [law enforcement agencies] and an exercise to take cybercrime investigation tools to the cutting edge level.”

How will the online portal aid policing initiatives?

According to a BPRD document, a solution for the darknet will help get inside hidden networks and gather threat intelligence. The online portal will help to conduct profiling, analyze specific links, and provide alerts regarding suspicious activity.

It says the interactive web portal will assist investigating officers with their queries regarding cybercrimes. It will also help them fetch details of cybercrime investigations workflows while using artificial intelligence and machine learning techniques for on-time updates. The plan is to have an integrated online case management platform for financial fraud.

Tracking fake news and fake profiles on social media is another key objective of BPRD’s plan. They want to ensure that cyber criminals or specific groups and individuals do not run political or religious propaganda on a large scale against individuals, organizations, or the government and create unrest in the country, according to the document.

The solution for fake profiles and fake news will involve assistance to investigators in tracing anonymous social media suspects. It will help them detect fake news, fake images, offensive videos. It will also help trace people posting them on social media.

Risk of cyberattacks on the increase

Officials said the risk of cyberattacks has increased manifolds with the heightened dependency on digital infrastructure amid the novel coronavirus pandemic that has prompted lockdowns globally. The Centre’s Computer Emergency Response Team has repeatedly warned over the last two months that cyberattackers may take advantage of the pandemic to target individuals and organizations.

What do you all think? Will India darknet policing be enough to put a damper on illicit activities? Or is the Darknet here to stay? Share your thoughts and comments below!

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