Hackers lurk below radar

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Indian cops are yet to get a real taste of cyber crime when compared to western countries and China, according to cyber security experts.

“The nexus between underworld dons and hackers has no happened yet. If the mafia managed to touch base with ‘black hats’ (hackers involved in crime) then all hell will break loose,” warns the expert.

The police on the other hand is trying to improve its pool of talent in cyber expertise. “We take help from outside if the cases are complicated,” a cyber crime police official said.

Hacking talent, by and large, is rare commodity in India. Recognised ethical hackers are very few in number. “It will not be more than 10 in our country.

And unethical hackers, if there are any, have so far not began utilising their ‘potential’. Fortunately, in India, the real hackers are not into crime, but they do it to bring out the holes in the existing system,” added another expert who is into ethical hacking.

Indian software professional can write Trojan (malicious programme) but not many want to deploy it.

“Of course, there is nothing is wrong in writing malicious programme to expose the existing software used by banks and other financial institutions. But deploying it for personal gain is a criminal act,” he added.

Experts are of the opinion that the police in general have no clue about the kind of crime possibilities in the cyber world. “They should employ more people with technical knowledge rather than keeping only policemen in the cyber crime wing,” the cyber security specialist says.

Cyber experts have only one thing to say — To protect yourself from the e-mafia stick to using your personal system and keep changing your password.

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