Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre Current Affairs - 2020

Safety of Zoom Application red flagged by Home Ministry

On April 16, 2020, the Cyber Coordination Centre (CyCord) operating under Ministry of Home Affairs red flagged Zoom application. The Home Ministry has issued guidelines to use the Zoom platform.

Highlights

The Home Ministry has red flagged the Zoom application citing Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In). The guidelines have been issued to prevent an unauthorised entry into the Zoom Conferences and prevent malicious attack on other users.

Guidelines

The Home Ministry has stressed that the government officials should not use the application for official purposes. The main concern of the officials is that usage of the application has crossed 200 million since the lock down.

Cyber Coordination Centre

The Cycord was launched in 2018. It was launched as a one-stop platform for cyber related crimes such as finding solutions, experience sharing, research findings, finding solutions to deal with cybercrimes, etc.

What is Zoom Application?

Zoom Application is a web-based video conferencing tool that allows users to meet through video, voices.

GoI established I4C and a portal to deal cyber crimes

On January 10, 2020, the Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) and a National Cyber Crime Reporting Portal. The centre was approved in October 2018 at a cost of 416 crores.

Highlights

The I4C has 7 major components. It includes National cyber Crime Threat Analysis Unit, Platform for Joint Cyber crime Investigation team, National Cyber Crime reporting portal, cyber crime ecosystem management unit, national cyber-crime training centre, National Cyber Research and Innovation centre and Cyber crime Ecosystem management unit.

So far, 15 state governments and Union Territories have agreed to set up Regional Cyber Crime Coordination Centres.

The National Cyber Crime reporting portal will enable the citizens to report cyber crimes online. It has specific focus on crimes against child pornography, women, child sex abuse.

Significance

According to NCRB (National Crime Research Bureau), 2017, the cyber crimes has doubled in India. Apart from I4C, the central government has also launched NIC-CERT (National Informatics Centre-Computer Emergency Response Team).

The centres are highly important for India to achieve its 5 trillion-dollar economy by 2024. This is because, Indian Power sector alone faces at least 30 events being reported daily. The attacks originate from Singapore, China and Russia.