New police unit to check cyber crime

Social media users may have to be more cautious about making unlawful public remarks or even sharing contentious items as it would soon be only a matter of hours for police to trace their origin with the help of special software.

A specialised police unit, expected to start operations in a few months, will be equipped with the software named open source intelligence (OSINT) to mine any remarks or postings that are defamatory, can hurt religious sentiment and can constitute an offence under the ICT Act, police officials said.

The 505-man full-fledged specialised unit — Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau — has already been approved by the home ministry while the import of the OSINT is in the pipeline, the officials added.

“The OSINT is definitely a useful software to help police find out cyber offenders as it can monitor the wide cyber world database in a short time,” Alimuzzaman, deputy commissioner of Social

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