Interpol, CBI to collaborate in fighting cyber crime

New Delhi, Dec 16 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) would be collaborating with Interpol to fight telecom and cyber crimes, the heads of the two organisations said Friday.

Interpol Secretary General Ronald K. Noble and CBI director A.P. Singh in a joint press conference announced that the two bodies were working on establishing institutional mechanism for tackling telecom and cyber crimes.

'This will involve partnership between the CBI, research and academic bodies, private sector and Interpol,' Singh said.

The CBI chief said that during Noble's discussion with CBI officials, 'we have broadly agreed that a CBI-Interpol Research and Innovation Centre for Prevention of Telecommunication Crime would be established in India'.

The proposed centre would also invite participation of telecommunication crime investigators, researchers and experts from other Interpol member countries, he said.

Noble said that such type of collaboration was needed because the 'problem is that most countries don't have means' to analyse data and telecom devices that are increasing exponentially in numbers.

'This partnership would help bring to the table problems, solutions, best practices from all around the world,' he said.

Singh said the initiative would make the CBI a global hub for research and innovation to effectively tackle telecom cyber crime.

He said the present procedure to get information and evidence with regard to IP addresses and subscribers details from different jurisdictions was cumbersome, wherein most of the countries insist on sending a formal Letter Rogatory under Mutual Legal Assistance Treaties.

'This often leads to loss of evidence. It was agreed that we need a mechanism, whereby IT (Information Technology) intermediaries across the globe can be linked to a single interface for law enforcement agencies. It was agreed that Interpol is the agency best equipped to execute this project,' he said.