Bengaluru police wants to rope in "ethical hackers" to help cops tackle cybercrime
news Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 05:30
The Bengaluru police have reached out to hackers in a bid to develop informal collaboration networks with the hacking community to battle cybercrime. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Crime) Abhishek Goyal had recently tweeted asking Bengaluruâ€™s professional experts to volunteer with the police to create a platform for â€śknowledge sharing.â€ť Â Bengaluru Hackers who r interested in working against Cyber Crimes may send their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org #EthicalHackersWithPolice â€” Abhishek Goyal (@goyal_abhei) April 14, 2015 Speaking to The News Minute, Goyal said that the department needed the expertise of hackers who were well placed in the field to curb cybercrime in the state. â€śThe purpose of this is to have a database of experts in ethical hacking and create a platform of knowledge sharing. There is no special funding for this,â€ť he said. He said that there were not enough experts to help the cyber-crime branch hence this initiative would help identify people and approach them for specific cases. Karnataka has the fourth highest number of cybercrimes that are motivated by greed and money. Goyal said that the response had been good and he had received many applications from across the state. â€śThis is not the first time such an initiative is being taken by the police department. Whenever there is a need, we approach experts in various fields.â€ť #EthicalHackersWithPolice Aim is2 create platform vr Volunteers can assist Police against Cyber Crimes & develop SOPs & enhance capabilities â€” Abhishek Goyal (@goyal_abhei) April 14, 2015 He added that the police were not recruiting anybody as they were unlikely to leave a good job to work in the cyber crime unit. Over the years, India has witnessed a surge in the number of cyber-crime cases reported annually. According to the National Crime Records Bureau statistics, the number of cases registered under the IT Act (2000) nearly doubled from 2,876 in 2012 to 4356 in 2013. Maharashtra reported the highest number of cases registered in connection with cybercrimes at 681 cases while Andhra Pradesh was slightly behind at 635 cases. Karnataka witnessed a jump from 412 registered cases in 2012 to 513 in 2013. Â
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