After the threat email to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan, the process of setting up a Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) branch in Mumbai has been fast-tracked.
At present, if the Mumbai police wish to remove objectionable content from the Internet or gain access to virtual data, they contact the response team that operates from Delhi, which consumes a lot of time, sources said.
On March 30, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis had announced in the Assembly that a proposal has been sent to the government of India to set up a CERT branch in the city, as, being the country’s financial capital, it is vulnerable to cyber threats.
“The proposal has been sent. A local CERT unit will help the city and the state police deal with organised cyber attacks. A national-level awareness campaign will also start in July, which will help educate citizens about safe Internet usage,” said Atulchandra Kulkarni, joint commissioner of police (crime).
At present, the city’s cyber police deal with cases of online threats or other offences such as denial of service (DOS), in which a website is hacked and the legitimate visitors fail to get access to it, said sources in the police department.
There have been several instances of WiFi routers being used to send threat emails before carrying out a terror attack, and hence the department is training its personnel in technology, said the police.
“More than 1,000 policemen are being trained in cyber security and will be ready to function as cyber police by next month. We intend to equip the local police stations to probe cybercrime cases. At present, all such cases are transferred to the cybercrime investigation cell or the cyber police station at the Bandra-Kurla Complex,” said Kulkarni.