Delhi Police' latest 'astra' to combat cyber porn - USB stick

Delhi Police's Cyber Cell will see a total facelift as it would soon be equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure for investigating and cracking complex cyber crime cases.

Delhi Police' latest 'astra' to combat cyber porn - USB stick

New Delhi: While Indians' growing addiction for porn has become a major cause of concern and leading to various psychological disorders, the Delhi Police is now banking on the new cutting-edge technology in its fight against cyber crime and pornography.

As per a ToI report published on Wednesday, Delhi Police's Cyber Cell will see a total facelift as it would soon be equipped with the state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure for investigating and cracking complex cyber crime cases more effectively.

In order to resolve highly complicated cases of cyber pornography, the city police force has decided to buy 'porn detection sticks' - USB devices with software that can bring back pornographic content from the dead even if they have been completely deleted from computer.

The devices will be used to ''fight cyber crime" as it will help the investigators nail paedophiles, exes playing revenge porn, and sex criminals using photos and videos of their victims for blackmail.

The report quoting sources said that the software can scan computers for porn images, videos and chats even if those have been completed erased from computer. It detects and analyses faces, flesh tones, shapes and curves but leaves no trace of use. This makes it immensely useful in a developing case requiring secrecy, for instance a honeytrap probe.

The revamping of the Delhi Police' Cyber Cell is likely to complete in three months after which it will be equipped with modern gadgets and software that will bring them on par with their counterparts in the West.

As per the report, Delhi Police will purchase EnCase Forensic - computer forensics software of global repute - forensic workstations, email examiners and digital intelligence servers etc.

The need to purchase these high-end devices was felt as investigators were often faced with problems of immediately retrieving data from emails, websites, chat rooms, desktops, laptops and mobile phones while dealing with complex cases.

The new technology will help investigators recover deleted emails and analyse them from the content of their header, subject, body, etc. They can scan through hundreds of email formats.
Besides, cyber forensics will assist them in tracing the origin and destination of the mails.

EnCase Forensic is a top priority for Delhi Police as it will not only allow them to swiftly capture data from a wide range of devices but also help them discover evidence by analysing the content.

The Cyber Cell will be equipped with dedicated data acquisition and access devices, and be aided by CyberCheck Suite, another programme. These technologies will be installed or form part of 'forensics workstations' (portable and static) which are a part of the list as well. These advanced workstations are equipped with high-speed hard drives which help investigators store and analyse the data.

The Cyber Cell will also have high-powered digital intelligence servers, which will help them connect with all the systems of the cyber lab on to a single network and centralise the system for easy access.

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