A Coin for Mumbai cops to tackle cyber crimes

Police officials get to know the extent of cyber crimes and solve them with the help new tech

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Geetanjali Minhas | July 29, 2015


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Mumbai police can now use COIN to detect cyber crimes. Launched with the help of Asian School of Cyber Laws the collaborative online investigation network (COIN) will be a boon for the law enforcement agencies as online frauds increase by the day.

www.coin.org.in  is a web application and empowers investigating agencies to tackle cyber crimes. It also helps in gathering digital evidence. The COIN is expected to help the police in scaling up their cyber crime investigations. It allows investigators across the world to collaborate  on cases and benefit from each other’s experience.

The application unveiled at the two day conference on Cyber Crime Control (C4) by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. He said “it is time law enforcement agencies developed capabilities in Maharashtra. We are trying to train a force of 1,000 digitally capable people and act as cyber police for law enforcement.” He wanted the COIN to be implemented across the state.

Recalling his recent visit to Microsoft Cyber Crime Control System at Seattle, Fadnavis said he was amazed to see the amount of malware and cyber attacks that swarm over the cyber world. Thousands of IP addresses and individual accounts are being attacked in India.

“Here lies the challenge. If you really want to protect digital sovereignty you will have to actually relook at entire law enforcement and justice delivery where justice delivery system too needs to understand new challenges. Digital India means including every citizen digitally while it also casts a responsibility on all stakeholders to protect the digital sovereignty of each and every citizen. We need lawyers, judges and prosecutors who understand the challenges and people with capabilities to find out what is happening” the CM said.

He also expressed concerns for the banking sector where many credit card/ ATM frauds are taking place he said that “particularly the banking  sector is venerable to cyber crime. We are trying to create a cashless society but we must need to ensure that society does not literally become cashless.”

Introducing the COIN, Mumbai Police Commissioner Rakesh Maria said, “COIN news centre helps COIN users to stay updated on the latest threat models and vulnerabilities that  exploit cyber crimes and hacks, which we assimilate and disseminate via discretion.”

The application allows users to upload successful case files related to cyber investigation and that an investigator anywhere in the world facing similar types of case can access the platform without having to think twice. Maria added that the COIN is mobile friendly for enhancing capability and functionality so that any police officer can access the user application. Mumbai police will be trained to access the platform and also help enforcement agencies from other states to help utilize the platform.

The meet was organized by the home department, the state government, cyber crime wing, IIT Bombay and Asian School of Cyber Laws. Those who participated include police personnel, experts from army, navy, air force, financial institutions, insurance companies, banks, IT companies, consulting firms and legal fraternity. They discussed how to prevent the breach of security, identify any attacks, isolate, mitigate and to recover its data.

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