Arabic Arabic Chinese (Simplified) Chinese (Simplified) Dutch Dutch English English French French German German Italian Italian Portuguese Portuguese Russian Russian Spanish Spanish
| (844) 627-8267

Police to use ₹10L software to extract data in cybercrimes | #cybercrime | #computerhacker

Pune: The Pune police have acquired a universal forensics extraction device, a licensed software product from an Israeli company, for extraction and analysis of data from cellphones for digital investigation of crimes.“The software, which costs Rs 10 lakh, will help reduce our reliance on forensic science labs for data analysis in cases where faster investigation is needed, especially in cybercrimes and economic offences,” additional commissioner of police (crime) Shailesh Balkawade told TOI.It’s a govt approved exercise which will be put to use for mirroring cellphones and digital devices like hard disks, pen drives etc., without disturbing them, he added.On the concerns about tampering of data retrieved by using such software and evidential value of the same in a court of law, experts in criminal law as well as senior police officers pointed out that a police officer trained and designated as an expert under Section 65 of the Information Technology (IT) Act, can conduct digital investigation and also give evidence before a court. The judiciary can rely on the evidence of such designated police experts, they said.Senior lawyer S K Jain said police have the power to retrieve data to collect evidence and at the same time, the person whose device is seized for such a purpose, can either admit or challenge the evidence. “If the evidence is challenged, then the police expert will have to testify before the court that the data retrieved was done under his supervision and was not tampered with. The judiciary can rely on the evidence of the police expert,” he added.Lawyer Gaurav Jachak, who specialises in cyber law, said, “If the software is licensed, then the police can use it for retrieving data. The data retrieved has evidential value in the courts. As per section 65B, a third party can maintain such evidence.”However, lawyer Ameya Dange pointed out that police can use the software for analysing digital devices and collecting evidence but may not file a report in the court as the latter relies on expert reports of an authorised forensic science laboratory.Additional commissioner of police Balkawade said, “We will declare a trained police officer as an expert under Section 65 of the IT Act. At the same time, an FSL expert can also conduct digital investigations and give his or her opinion. Both the experts can give evidence in the court which is tallied with the hash value. There is no scope to tamper with the licensed software.”The officer said earlier, at the time of creating cyber cells, state govt had given this software to police units and the FSL but the licenses had lapsed over a period of time and were not renewed thereafter. “We have now procured the software on our own and will procure three more software for analysis of social media content, cellphone CDRs and multiple gadgets,” Balkawade added.


Click Here For The Original Source.