New Technologies pose challenge to investigating firms

by CXOtoday News Desk    Aug 08, 2012

cyber crimeInvestigation firms in India that deal with cyber crimes in the country are facing major challenges with the emergence of newer technologies such as cloud computing, mobile applications and wireless technology, according to a top official of National Investigation Agency (NIA).

Loknath Behra, Inspector General, NIA pointed out at a recent International Cyber Security and Policing Conference that the use of these evolving technology by hackers and radical groups - most of whom are cyber experts - have made it difficult for investigating agencies to trace locations of the masterminds.

According to him, the most challenging task for investigation firms is the collection of evidence. This is because most internet servers are located outside the country. At present of the 13 internet servers, nine are located in the US.

He referred to a particular radical group that used to send e-mails before each attack. However, he noted till date the origin of a single mail has not been traced correctly. This shows their expertise in technology, even though cloud computing as a whole is a secured technology.

Behra said proliferation of social networking sites, mobile applications and voice over internet protocol also posed challenges. IP spoofing, phishing, pharming have also become more advanced.
The internet and IT are having great impact on our lives and lifestyles. At the same time they pose challenges which are mostly legal and social,” Behra said.

Cyber crime is increasing tremendously with hackers leveraging technology for frauds and illegal gains, and other irrational activities. This requires investigation agencies to double up their security practices and be constantly aware of the new trends and technologies that cyber criminals often access, said cyber security expert Sundeep Agarwal.

Currently states such as Maharashtra, Kerala, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Punjab that recorded the maximum number of cyber crimes.