A team of 10, sits in a building in Noida, Sector 6, trying to keep us all safe from cyber crime. While some are tracking suspicious e-mails others are looking into data-acquisition, recovery, social media investigation, and mobile phone surveillance. The young Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Akhilesh Yadav laid the foundation stone for this, a few months back. This is the Centre for Cyber Crime Investigation, Uttar Pradesh’s first cyber crime cell which was inaugurated by U.P. Police director general, Javeed Ahmed on 9th May, 2016.

This cell is being technically supported by National Association of Software and Service Company (NASSCOM) and is furnished with state-of-the-art tools to tackle cases related to financial fraud, data theft, and social media crimes against others. Till now, Noida police used to take help from other states in solving cyber cases but now, thanks to our Digital CM, the U.P. Police is well equipped to nab them not only in the state but also in other regions of the country. The lab is already equipped with high-tech equipment and more will be added to the list, very soon.

“In cases of cyber crimes, techniques used for preventing, solving and analysing traditional crimes are not of much help. The manner in which these crimes take place and the material recovered in such cases are different from regular crimes. Most of this material is in digital form and one needs specific hardware and software for analysing it. A huge portion of cyber crimes committed on social media target women. Several times, such complaints are not filed with police. We do not reveal the identity of the complainant and using advanced software tools, we will tackle cases,” said Dinesh Yadav, SP City, Noida. The senior officials also emphasised on training the rest of the police force so that they are a step ahead in this field.

The building for the centre has been constructed by the Noida authority and the entire project costs around Rs. 1.25 crore which have been raised through PPP. We thank our digitally aware chief minister for equipping the state with high tech solutions. For more details, you can log onto the official website (http://www.cccinoida.org/) or call on 0120-2422271, 08800165252.