Cyber Crime Investigation Division to be launched soon:Chief Minister

The Chief Minister Sri. Pinarayi Vijayan has said that a Cyber ​​Crime Investigation Division will soon be in place in Kerala Police to coordinate cyber-based investigations and to provide the services of technical experts. With this, Kerala Police will be the first-of-its-kind state police force in India to have such a technical unit, he added. He was speaking in the concluding session of the Kerala Police Hac’KP 2021, an online hackathon aimed at building software needed to effectively undertake policing in the Dark Web.

The Chief Minister has also launched 'Grapnel 1.0', a software designed to demystify the dark web and to unravel and analyze criminal offences take place in such online platforms. It is often difficult to detect criminal offences in dark web. He has also said that the newly developed software is a source of pride not only for the police but also for the country itself. He pointed out that cybercrime can only be eradicated if the public is made aware of it.  He said awareness programs should not be made as a way to evade the police from fulfilling their responsibilities.

The software can detect and help to investigate crimes including sex-trafficking, narcotics, arms trade and financial frauds through the Dark Web.  The Chief Minister presented the Cyberdome Medal of Excellence, awards to the winners of the hackathon and the Chief Minister's Annual Trophy for Thampanoor, Iringalakuda and Kunnamangalam police stations. Sri. Antony Raju, Transport Minister, Sri. Anil Kant, State Police Chief, ADGPs Sri. Manoj Abraham and Sri. Vijay S Sakhre, Sri. P Prakash, DIG, Sri. Jatinder Thakar, Senior Vice President, PayTM, Sri. Indranil Banja, General Manager, SBI and other senior police officials attended the function.

The International hackathon Hac’KP 2021 was organized by the Cyber ​​Dome. Demystifying the Dark Web was the theme of this year’s hackathon. The hackathon registration, which started on March 15 under the leadership of Cyber ​​Dome Nodal Officer ADGP Sri. Manoj Abraham, has received over 360 applications from experts around the world. 26 candidates who excelled in technical / programming skills were competed in the final stage.