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India to seek US help for jt mechanism on dealing cyber crime

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

With growing reluctance of service providers to furnish real time information in cyber crime cases, will seek active cooperation from the US for setting a joint mechanism to overcome such difficulties.

As the two countries plan to meet at the India-US Homeland Security dialogue here on December 4, the difficulties faced by Indian security agencies in cyber-crime related cases top the agenda.

The two-day meet will be inaugurated by Home Minister and attended by US Assistant Secretary for Policy (Homeland Security) David Heyman and US Ambassador to Nancy Powell among others.

In the agenda papers it was stated that India, which ranks fifth in the world in the incidence of cyber crime, has seen hacking of 9,000 websites in three years thus posing a serious threat to the government.

"Cyber criminals are now moving beyond computers and attacking mobile hand held devices such as smart phones and tablets," it said.

Highlighting the difficulties faced by Indian security agencies, the papers said most of the prominent service providers like Hotmail, Google, Facebook, Twitter are based in the US and a general request takes anywhere between 15 and 80 days.

"Further there is no guarantee that the required information would be provided at all.

"... However, despite urgent requests, there have never been provided by any of the service providers even in single case," it was stated.

To start with, an Indo-American Alert, Watch and Warn Network of participating Law Enforcement Agencies of both the countries should be set up to rapidly disseminate cyber crime information and to manage response to crises, incidents and threats.

First Published: Mon, December 02 2013. 19:48 IST