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No compromise in the war against Cyber Criminals; stringent action against the offenders: CM Bommai

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Bengaluru:  “Go after the Cyber Criminals, come what may there should be no compromise, we have zero tolerance for them and the time has come to wage a war on cybercrimes,” said Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

Sending a tough message for the cybercriminals in his address after launching the ‘Cyber Secure Karnataka’ campaign, the Chief Minister said, the state has introduced the CIR number system. It is the first of its kind in the entire country, wherein an FIR would be registered and bank accounts of the victim and the offenders would be frozen following just a mobile phone communication. Even the Prime Minister has appreciated it and it is being emulated by other states as well.

Referring to the use of the Dark Web in narcotics supply, child trafficking, and illegal arms supply, Bommai said, “all this come through cyber route. Our government started CEN(Cyber, Economic offenses, Narcotics) police stations when I was the Home Minister. Our government has declared a war against narcotics. However only police stations are not enough. We need technology, modern equipment, and funds. I can provide you with everything to enable you to go after these cybercriminals. Come what may there is no compromise, we have zero tolerance against drug trafficking,” he said.

Quoting a saying, “crime leads the law”, he stressed the need for Cyber laws to catch up with criminals to deal with them swiftly and effectively. As the criminals have a wide network, we need to widen the Cyber Security Network, the Chief Minister said, and suggested the officials seek cooperation and suggestions from the union government in this regard.

He called upon the youth to use their digital knowledge and gadgets as a weapon. Use the technology for good cause with social responsibility to better their future.

As digital security involves coding by human talent, there is always an element of vulnerability as far as the users are concerned. It is posing a challenge for the security of women as well. The Cyber Crime wing of Karnataka has proved to be the best in the country. FSL labs are doing a good job in this regard. He cited a case of Rs50cr cyber fraud in one of his own government departments and how the tech-savvy officers of state police busted the fraud.

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