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Govt to amend IT Act to tackle cyber crime

Posted by egovindia on July 17, 2006

Govt to amend IT Act to tackle cyber crime

New Delhi, July 12: The government today said it would amend the Information Technology Act, 2000, with a view to providing legal framework for various types of cyber crimes such as data theft, transmission of images, video voyeurism among others.

The amended Act would consider the appointment of an examiner, who will look into the digital evidence and render all necessary assistance to investigative agencies and courts, Minister for IT and Communications Dayanidhi Maran said here at a seminar organised by Nasscom.

Due to lack of training of police officials in this field, many of the cyber crimes in the country are booked under Indian Penal Code, rather than Information Technology Act, he said.

The government has taken a number of initiatives to tackle the cyber crimes including Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, which provides necessary assistance to prevent security breaches and monitors cyber security scenario in the c ountry to protect critical information infrastructure.

About 1,400 Indian websites have already been attacked in the first half of this year with 55 per cent of such threats originating from outside the country, he said.

The Minister said the major cyber crimes reported in India include denial of services, defacement of websites,SPAM, computer virus and worms, pornography, cyber squatting, cyber stalking and phishing


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