Cyber security and Pakistan-based terror groups, particularly the Indian Mujahideen (IM), would top the agenda of the three-day State police chiefs’ conference that begins here on Thursday.

At the 47th annual DGPs/IGPs Conference, organised by the Intelligence Bureau, cyber security experts would brief participants about the changing Internet scenario and how terror organisations and antinational elements were using it to target India, be it by hacking crucial government websites or by using web and mobile communication tools to create social and communal tensions.

It is for the first time that an entire session on cyber security would be held at the conference.

“Recent incidents of hacking of websites of two crucial organisations, Central Bureau of Investigation and Planning Commission, and [the] misuse of Internet and mobile services that led to exodus of northeast people from Bangalore and other cities has necessitated the need to have detailed discussion of cyber security and steps to be taken to face the challenge of cyber war,” a senior Home Ministry official told The Hindu.

Similarly, a special session on IM would focus on how this outfit, consisting of mostly Indian members, has increased its anti-India activities in recent years.

The conference, to be inaugurated by Home Minister Shushilkumar Shinde, will also deliberate upon other key issues like left-wing extremism, infiltration and illegal migration, the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir and the northeast, strengthening of international borders, and the preparedness of Indian intelligence agencies. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who will address the police chiefs on the last day, will have a separate interactive session with them.

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