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Maharashtra logs highest number of cyber crimes

MUMBAI: Maharashtra has achieved the dubious distinction of being the state with the highest number of cybercrime cases.

When the issue of the sudden spurt in internet infringements was raised in Parliament, minister of state for home Kiren Rijiju informed in a written reply that in 2013, Maharashtra logged in the highest number of cases followed by Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka.

An Independent Rajya Sabha MP has sought information on the measures taken by the Centre to halt the misuse of social media since it was being “used by anti-national elements to propagate their militant activities”.

An Independent Rajya Sabha MP has sought information on the measures taken by the Centre to halt the misuse of social media since it was being “used by anti-national elements to propagate their militant activities”.

The minister said the Department of Electronics and Information Technology has set up cyber forensic training and investigation laboratories in some states for guiding law-enforcement officers and the judiciary. In collaboration with Data Security Council of India, cyber forensic laboratories have been set up in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Kolkata for creating awareness and training programmes. The National Law School has been roped in for conducting training programmes on internet legislation for judicial officers. “More than 26,000 police officers and 600 judicial officers have been trained in the labs set up by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. We have formulated a set of investigation manuals with procedures for search, seizure, analysis and presentation of digital evidence in courts,” Rijiju said.

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