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Legal Mechanism be Efficient to Combat Cyber Crime

Feb 12, 2015

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MUMBAI, INDIA - On February 11, 2015, World Trade Centre Mumbai and All India Association of Industries (AIAI) hosted the launch of a book titled “Breach” on cyber crime, which threatens the commercial and personal lives of people. Authored by Amrita Chowdhury, an IIT Kharagpur passout and a former employee of a company in the Silicon Valley, USA, the fictional book is about the stories of data being stored from a pharmaceutical company and a young girl being stalked by a cyber bully.

At the book launch event, noted columnist Mr Anil Dharker Columnist shared the dias with noted cyber crime lawyer Ms NS Nappinai, Ms Devika Saraf, CEO of VU Technologies and WTC Executive Director Mr Warerkar. 

Speaking at the event, Mrs Chowdhury raised concern about the poor awareness among the general public about the magnitude of cyber crime taking place in India. “While people talk about high profile cyber frauds taking place abroad, they are oblivious of the cyber crimes happening in India,” Chowdhury said.

The author quoted a report from cyber security firm Symantec, which cited India as the top 10 destinations in the world for organized cyber crime. The report also mentioned that India ranks low among world economies when it comes to spending on preventive mechanisms to combat cyber crime. 

Ms Nappinai shared her anecdotal experiences on how teenagers indulge in cyber crimes in India. Ms Nappinai is of the view that in India, the pace of introducing legal framework for cyber offences is lagging behind the advancement in technologies for committing these offences, thereby making enforcement and punishment a complex issue. 

PHOTO (L-R): Mr. Y R Warerkar, Executive Director, World Trade Centre Mumbai, Mr. Vijay Kalantri, Vice Chairman, World Trade Centre Mumbai & President, All India Association of Industries, Ms. Devita Saraf, CEO, V U Technologies, Ms. Amrita Chaudhary, Author of Breach, Ms. N S Nappinai, noted cyber crime lawyer and Mr. Anil Dharker, Columnist, at the Launch of the book release "Breach, a cyber thriller" event.