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Tamil Nadu Amps Up Fight Against Cyber Crime: First Of Its Kind Investigation Centre Set Up In State

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Police Cyber Crime Wing is establishing a first-of-its-kind State Cyber Crime Investigation Centre at its headquarters to deal exclusively with cases such as organised cyber crimes with international ramifications that require intra-country investigation, ransomware attacks, and cryptocurrency frauds.

“We currently have cyber crime police stations in districts and cities that handle investigations into ordinary cyber offences such as phishing, vishing, morphing, extortion, and cyber stalking from individual complainants,” said Amresh Poojari, Additional Director General of Police, Cyber Crime.

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As technology advances at a rapid pace, the number of organised cyber offences is increasing. Cybercriminals are becoming increasingly skilled in their use of technology. As a law enforcement agency, we must stay up with technological advances. So, in order to prevent and detect sophisticated cybercrime, we’ll need the most advanced centre, complete with cutting-edge technology and highly trained employees, Poojari explained.

The Cyber Crime Investigation Centre, which will be established at the Cyber Wing Headquarters in Ashok Nagar, has been designated as a police station with statewide jurisdiction. It will deal with instances where the complainant and suspect jurisdictions are unclear, as well as incidents involving victims from many jurisdictions. It will also deal with social media abuses that target essential Constitutional functionaries, disrupt the state’s integrity, engage in anti-national activities, propagate fake news on sensitive matters, and upload photographs and videos that endanger India’s sovereignty and integrity.

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A screening test was undertaken. Trained employees from the technical services wing and certain police officers from the local police station with good acumen for detecting cyber crimes are being inducted in the centre.

The centre will deal with cybercrime that necessitates an international investigation; interstate crime that necessitates regular coordination from other States; and highly specialised situations such as ransomware and cryptocurrencies, where it is impossible to develop expertise at the station level.

The State has already established 47 cyber crime police stations in all districts, cities, and special police units in the last six months. The Cyber Crime Wing Headquarters prohibited 649 offending contents on 523 websites, 22 YouTube videos, 55 Facebook pages/profiles, 17 Instagram pages, and 32 mobile applications over the same time period.

If anyone is a victim of cyber financial fraud, they can call the cyber crime helpline at 1930, according to Pujari. If the victim comes forward as soon as possible, money can be reverted/blocked from being transferred to fraudsters. In the previous financial year, almost Rs 3 crore was returned to the complainants, he added.

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