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Cabinet OKs Rs 837 crore plan, call centre to fight cyber crime | Mumbai News | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

MUMBAI: The state cabinet on Wednesday cleared a cyber security project worth Rs 837 crore to ensure immediate measures against cyber crimes.
Chief minister Ekanth Shinde, who presided over the meeting on cyber security, said that with the launch of the project, citizens will be able to lodge a complaint over the phone at the call centre which will remain open 24 hours a day. Complaints can also be lodged through the mobile app or portal.
Officials said that the complaint will be investigated with the help of advanced cyber technology, so that police can get to the root of the crime, and solve cases, thereby increasing the rate of conviction. A senior police official said that all cyber police stations in all police commissionerate/superintendent offices across the state will be linked to this project.
“Complaints related to cyber crimes will be promptly investigated. Officers and employees will be given up-to-date training to find the culprits and increase the conviction rate. A special campaign will be implemented to make citizens aware about cyber crimes. The implementation of this project will be reviewed by a high-level empowered committee of the home department from time to time. The project will be implemented through the special inspector general of police (cyber),” the official said.
Officials said that cyber crime has emerged as the largest organised crime in the world. “The use of the latest technology by citizens at all levels in the state is increasing and they are also facing various types of cyber frauds. Even criminally inclined people are using cyber technology to commit new crimes in a virtual manner. Dealing with the complex nature of cyber crime requires radical improvements and sophistication in the tools, resources and technologies currently available to effectively combat this menace,” an official said.
Recognizing this need, the official said, the state home department has planned a project with state-of-the-art technology, skilled manpower and resources to curb cyber crime and make Maharashtra a ‘cyber safe’ state. The highlights of the project include bringing together the latest tools and technologies under one roof. This will include a command and control centre, technology-assisted investigation, centre of excellence, cloud-based data centre, security operation centre. Creating a state-of-the-art citizen-centric platform that encompasses people, processes and technology is also a part of the project,” the official said.


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