Rise in cyber crime jolts centre into action

New Delhi: The Union home ministry has been jolted into action after the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) reported that 50 incidents of cyber crime, affecting 19 financial organizations, took place between November 2016 and June 2017.

CERT-In data showed that there were a total of 50,362 cyber crime incidents in 2016. This year, there have been 27,482 incidents until June. Authorities had blocked 652 URLs (uniform resource locators) until June 2017.

While CERT-In has issued 21 advisories for security safeguards covering the point of sale, micro ATMs, electronic wallets, online banking, smart phones, unified payment interface, SIM cards, wireless access routers and Aadhaar-enabled payment systems, the home ministry stated that it had roped in several organizations to make the country’s systems impenetrable.

“Cyber security mock drills involving 148 organizations from different sectors including finance sector have been conducted to enable assessment of cyber security preparedness of organizations,” said a

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