NEW DELHI: India’s fight against cybercrime has witnessed a substantial breakthrough with the implementation of the citizen financial cyber fraud reporting and management system. The initiative, established by the Indian Cyber Coordination Committee (I4C), has proven instrumental in curbing financial frauds and preventing the unlawful diversion of funds by cybercriminals.
According to Junior Home Minister Ajay Kumar Mishra’s address in the Lok Sabha, the system has recorded a staggering 12.8 lakh cybercrime complaints since its inception. Remarkably, it has successfully safeguarded over Rs 930 crore across more than 3.8 lakh complaints, a testament to its efficacy in protecting citizens from financial exploitation. To know more about government’s fight against cyber crime do attend FutureCrime Summit 2024: Most Innovative Confluence of Cyber Crime Fighters.
Mishra further disclosed that law enforcement authorities have taken proactive measures, blocking more than 2.45 lakh SIM cards and 42,000 IMEIs, as reported by police agencies. Additionally, the country has witnessed the establishment of cyber forensic-cum-training laboratories across 33 States/Union Territories. Over 24,600 individuals, including law enforcement personnel, judicial officers, and prosecutors, have received specialized training encompassing cybercrime awareness, investigation techniques, and forensic methodologies.
The Ministry of Home Affairs initiated the ‘Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre’ (I4C) to combat various forms of cybercrime comprehensively and in a coordinated manner across the nation. Mishra highlighted the formation of 7 joint cyber coordination teams (JCCTs) in regions such as Mewat, Jamtara, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Visakhapatnam, and Guwahati. These teams, established under I4C, aim to address cybercrime hotspots and areas grappling with multi-jurisdictional issues, fostering enhanced coordination among law enforcement agencies.
To bolster the capacity of states and UTs in tackling cybercrime, the Ministry has allocated a substantial sum of Rs 122.24 crores under the ‘Cyber Crime Prevention against Women and Children (CCPWC)’ scheme. This financial assistance aims to reinforce the infrastructure and expertise required to combat cyber threats effectively.
The proactive measures undertaken by the Indian Cyber Coordination Committee, alongside the ongoing efforts to train and equip law enforcement with the necessary tools, signify a robust stance in combating cyber threats and safeguarding the financial interests of citizens.