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Lessons on dangers of cyberspace

mumbai Updated: May 15, 2010 01:35 IST
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Worried your child may surf unwanted sites when you’re away at work? Want to know how to protect your wi-fi network without taxing your purse? Mumbai Police will give you the answers at your doorstep during the Cyber Crime Prevention Week (CCPW) later this month.

On Friday, Mumbai Police Commissioner D. Sivanandhan announced the week-long exercise, to be launched at the Y B Chavan hall by the state Home Minister R R Patil on May 24.

On offer are a string of seminars, lectures, interactive programmes with citizens/entrepreneurs/BPOs, awareness campaigns, even crash courses for policemen and public prosecutors.

Knowing that schools and colleges are closed on account of the summer vacations, the police plan to set up kiosks at shopping malls and cafeterias, where students typically head to during the holidays. It will culminate in a function at the Bombay Stock Exchange on May 28.

Flanked by Internet guru Vijay Mukhi, NASSCOM VP, Rajiv Vaisnav, JCP, crime, Himanshu Roy and ACP, crime, Deven Bharati, Sivanandhan said the week will begin with a discussion at the Indian Merchants Chamber.

During the week, police teams will visit housing societies to make people aware of the dangers of cyber criminals. “Every day, the cyber world is expanding and the real world is shrinking,” Sivanandhan said.

Mukhi said despite two attacks on unsecured wi-fi networks in the city by terror elements in the recent past (Indian Mujahideen hacked into a couple of wi-fi networks to send terror mails), a majority of wi-fi networks still remain unprotected.

“Cyber networks can be used as a pathway for more terror attacks in future,” he said.

Roy said, of late, the underworld has begun increasingly using the Internet for communication. He said this has not only necessitated police training, but also training for public prosecutors in the technicalities of cyber crime and the laws needed to deal with them.