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Indian Govt Starts Exclusive Cyber Training For Regional Cops to Check Chinese Loan Wolves



Indian Govt Starts Exclusive Cyber Training For Regional Cops to Check Chinese Loan Wolves

NEW DELHI: Amid a spurt in online crimes like quick loan, the Ministry of Home Affairs officials, cyber experts and police officers from different states would study technical components of the investigation to be carried out in such frauds during specially-designed training sessions.

According to sources in the MHA, such cyber training sessions will only increase in the future for states, especially those that express interest and have a large number of cases.

“In coordination with I4C and MHA, a session was conducted with the assistance of the Haryana police. Officials there discussed the history of instant loan apps, technological operating procedures, investigative tracks (SMS, OTP, payment aggregator, Android application extraction and analysis, call centre, NBFC, cloud, etc.), and other topics. All were requested to send two investigators to the meeting,” a senior government official said.

State police officers also sought advice and technical information from the cybercrime experts during the event held on Saturday.

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The ministry’s representatives discussed government action on these apps and data. The difficulties that the central government, state governments and local agencies face were also thoroughly deliberated during the meeting.

“Officers had several questions, which the authorities were able to answer. Such seminars serve to assist and educate local police by assisting the Centre. Additionally, specifics about the government’s initiatives and plans were disclosed. Additionally, the technological issues and difficulties associated with these apps were the main focus,” according to the senior official.

The ministry, according to sources, has a strong cyber system that gathers all the data received from across the nation. As a result, the officials will share crucial information that will aid investigation and crime solving.

Shedding light about the I4C, a division of the home ministry, officials said this specialized unit was established to effectively and strategically tackle cybercrime in the country.

This facility has:

● National Cybercrime Threat Analytics Unit National Cybercrime Reporting Portal Platform for Joint Cybercrime Investigation Team

● National Cybercrime Forensic Laboratory Ecosystem

● National Cybercrime Training Centre

● National Cyber Research and Innovation Centre.

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Not only that. The home ministry also intends to outlaw nearly 300 such apps, and final agency permissions have been requested. It is anticipated that over 270 apps implicated in unlawful extortion will be blacklisted, according to officials.

Numerous organisations are looking into incidents involving these apps, including the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO) Enforcement Directorate (ED) Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) State police.

“These apps have been proven to be involved in money laundering, taking money out of India and turning it into cryptocurrencies,” the official said.

India currently does not have any regulatory framework for crytpocurrencies while the Reserve Bank had in July 2022 recommended a ban on them, citing ‘destabilizing effect’ on the country’s economy.

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