Conviction rate in city, which tops the country in the number of cyber crime complaints, is zero

In six months, Bangalore will have its own cyber lab. With technical help and support from the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC), Thiruvananthapuram, the lab will focus on analysing cyber forensic data, said FSL Director (in-charge) and Additional Commissioner (Traffic and Security) B. Dayanand.

Mr. Dayanand said an MoU was signed with C-DAC a fortnight ago. The cyber lab will be the only one in the State, and will be supplemented by six proposed cyber crime police stations.

The proposed lab comes at a time when cyber crime conviction rates in Bangalore, which tops the country in the number of cyber crime complaints registered, are at an abysmal zero.

While for successive years the National Crime Records Bureau recorded cyber crimes as a climbing statistic, the number of convictions in the category had been zero since 2001. “With the growing interface between the physical and the cyber world, it is the right time to set up the lab,” said Mr. Dayanand.

He added that the project, slated to cost Rs. 1 crore, would have six people deployed to handle forensic analysis of cyber data. “They will be trained by C-DAC for a few months. Also, the certification provided by this cyber lab can be submitted in court as evidence.”

Currently, there is one technical unit in the CID cell that only looks at the investigation aspect, along with providing training to police personnel.

But, officials say, the proposed cyber lab would be the only one in the State that will focus exclusively on the analysis of data and forensic samples.