Rajnath raises concern over ‘online radicalisation’ attempts

Published - November 05, 2015 11:07 pm IST - NEW DELHI:

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Thursday that security experts have to be vigilant against attempts at online radicalisation of Indian youth. The Home Minister said there was 70 per cent increase in cases of cyber crime in 2014 compared with 2013.

Inaugurating an information security conference – ‘Ground Zero Summit-2015’ in Delhi, Mr. Singh said “cyber terrorism” was a big danger in the world.

“Today, due to technology and Internet, a person living in a remote area can have access to such information by which he can indulge in an act of terror despite not being associated with any terror group.

“Such forces are also active in the cyber space which work in the direction of radicalisation of youth. Cyber security experts need to be alert, especially towards the online radicalisation,” he said.

The Home Minister said cyber world was the fifth dimension of security, the other four being — land, air, water and space.

Mr. Singh said crimes related to cyber world can be multi-layered, multi-locational, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-legal, that’s why it was difficult to investigate and locate the criminal.

He also expressed concern over the increasing rate of cyber crime and related cases in the country.

“The cases related to cyber crime have increased by 70 per cent in 2014 as compared to 2013 and there was an increase of about 64 per cent in 2013 as compared to 2012,” he said.

The Home Ministry had recently said that a Rs. 400-crore cyber crime control hub, to be called ‘Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre’ , will be set up. It would check cyber crime, including child pornography and online abuse.

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