Why have a Cyber Cell?
The prefix ‘Cyber’ typically relates to computer hardware, software
& networks (including internet) and to flow of information or
communication. The world today is experiencing unprecedented growth in
the number of users of computers & of internet. There exist over 1
billion internet users the world over. India, with its 55 million
users, ranks 4th in the world. The plummeting prices of
PCs/Laptops/Palmtops and availability of cheap, high speed internet
access shall further drive the growth in the number of computer users.
A parallel development has been the telecommunication revolution with
the advent of the mobile phone technology. India already has over 100
million mobile phone users and the number is expected to rise further
with falling call tariffs and availability of cheap handsets. The two
areas of information flow are getting integrated over time with
internet providing PC-to-PC call facilities and with mobile phones
providing mobile access to internet.
This rapid development in the area of information technology today
poses new challenges for the police department. The use of internet and
computer systems has led to new types of ‘Cyber Crimes’ like malicious
emails, fraudulent electronic transfer of money, misuse of stolen
credit cards etc. Similarly, the introduction of the mobile phone
technology has destroyed the competitive edge that the police
department had enjoyed by having the exclusive right to use wireless
communication. Today, the criminal elements enjoy an equal access to
mobile communication. The incidence of theft/snatching of mobile phones
is rising rapidly. The criminals today, are increasingly using mobile
phones for effecting different kinds of crimes such as making extortion
calls, detonating IEDs etc. There is a need to have a specialized group
with the requisite technical skills to assist and guide the
investigative arms in overcoming challenges posed by recent
technological advances in the sphere of information technology.
What shall the Cyber Cell do?
Cyber Cell of Rewari Police has been established as the nodal agency
for providing all possible technical assistance to the different
investigative units in matters pertaining to mobile phone technology
and internet. The cell is rapidly developing expertise in areas like
call monitoring, tracking down of stolen mobile phones etc. The cell is
being equipped with sophisticated hardware. Assistance from software
experts is also being solicited in order to upgrade the computer skills
of Rewari's Cyber Cops.