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Monday, February 19, 2007
Cyber Crime Portal launch in March 2007

The cyber forensic group at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC) has been helpful in solving several cyber crimes, including e-mail harassment and blackmailing using electronic means. Recently, the forensic group exposed the identity of a person who tried to blackmail a Government official through e-mail. The agency is handling Voice Over Internet Protocol telephone racket cases busted by Vigilance Telecom Monitoring Cell and Central Bureau of Investigation.

In Kerala, which has one of the largest pools of e-literate people in the country, people are slowly waking up to the reality of cyber crimes. Fortunately, as the cyber crimes grow, the number of tools to fight them — in the form of software — also grows. Unfortunately, most Internet users are unaware of the tools available to fight cyber crimes.

The State IT Mission, in partnership with the Resource Centre for Cyber Forensics of C-DAC, will launch a cyber crime portal in March to discuss how to fight Internet-related crimes and to provide information on handling and investigating them.

The State IT Mission will supply one such simple software, `Email Tracer', a cyber forensics tool developed by Resource Centre for Cyber Forensics of C-DAC free to the Akshaya e-learning centres soon. If you get, say, a threatening mail or an abusive message and you don't know who sent it to you, just paste the header of the message onto the e-mail tracer programme. In a moment, it will detect the IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer from which the message was sent.