International cooperation needed to check cyber crimes: CBI


Ghaziabad : The Central Bureau of Investigation, calling for international cooperation to counter cyber crimes, Monday stressed a three-pronged strategy of focusing on tools, technology and skills.

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Speaking at the sixth Interpol Conference for law enforcement officers from Asia Pacific region at the CBI Academy here, CBI special director M.L. Sharma said: “There has to be a legal framework which takes into account all the nuances of IT crimes. There has to be international cooperation for effective counter measures,, preferably through treaty-mediated regime and also based on police-to-police cooperation.”

India is one of the early starters in creating a legal framework by enacting the Information Technology Act, 2000, which defines cyber offences and prescribes punishments.

“All countries need to have appropriate legal framework besides standardisation in the definition of offences and standard operating procedures for easy collection and better sharing of evidence among them,” Sharma said.

He also stressed for the need of manning international cooperation contact points by experts. He expressed the hope that the training course would help the participants in tackling cyber crimes.

The Train the Trainers workshop has been jointly organised by the CBI and the Lyon-based Interpol, from March 17 to April 4, 2008.

Officials from Asia and South Pacific region are participating in the workshop. The workshop is directed at the three areas of IT crime investigation, IT crime investigation training and computer forensics.