Cyberspace has become another tool in the hands of terrorists who post “motivated rumours” in social networking sites thereby creating a new challenge to security forces in the country, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said in New Delhi on Thursday.

“There is increasing evidence of resort taken by terrorists to the cyberspace domain. The recent incident in Bangalore in Karnataka, Pune in Maharashtra and other states of the country where motivated rumours and irresponsible use of the social media networking media posed a new challenge,” he said addressing the country’s top police brass in New Delhi.

“Anonymity that the user acquires in this medium can sometimes test the capacities of even the most experienced police investigator. Police forces will have to develop skills in this area not just for locating malicious content but also for identifying those responsible for posting it,” he said inaugurating a three-day long conference of Directors General and Inspectors General of Police organised by the Intelligence Bureau.

The Home Minister made no mention of National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in his speech.

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