Rajnath calls for steps to tackle transnational cyber crimes

Says Interpol best suited to track websites aiding terrorist activities

November 06, 2014 01:08 am | Updated November 16, 2021 04:46 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh called for the strengthening of strategies to deal with transnational cyber crimes, at the General Assembly of Interpol in Monaco on Tuesday.

Speaking in Hindi, Mr. Singh said banking on its century-old experience, Interpol was best suited to observe the cyberspace and the dark areas of the Internet independently to track potentially harmful websites aiding terrorist activities.

He said the anonymity offered by the Internet had facilitated communication between the members of terror groups without much fear of being intercepted by law-enforcement agencies.

“Information technology has radically changed the way people work, communicate and interact ... it has also altered the work culture of criminals ... In recent years, the Internet and social media are being increasingly used to instigate communal riots to destabilise the state,” he said calling upon the member countries to strengthen the strategy relating to cyber crime.

Terror tool

He said the Internet had become the principal means of communication for extremist groups, which now had a substantial online presence. “There is an urgent need to coordinate the efforts of individual governments and strengthen the global counter-terrorism architecture,” he said.

Advocating global cooperation, the Home Minister said the police and the judicial systems had to evolve continuously to meet new challenges such as corruption, money laundering, financial and high-tech crimes, recovery and confiscation of ill-gotten wealth, intellectual property piracy, corrupt business practices or illegal immigration. States must refrain from organising, instigating, facilitating, participating in, financing, encouraging or tolerating terrorist activities, he said. “They must take appropriate measures to ensure that their territories are not used for setting up terrorist infrastructure or training camps.”

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