[ISN] Tracker Gets A Visit From Hacker!

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Date: Fri Mar 15 2002 - 04:27:04 PST

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    Nivedita Mookerji
    Friday, March 15, 2002
    New Delhi:  One crime that the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB)  
    will not like to enter in its own computerised data bank is the
    hacking of its own site. The nodal agency of the home ministry - NCRB
    is perhaps too busy chasing distant outlaws, completely ignoring the
    one at home.
    The home page of NCRB, http://ncrb.nic.in, has links to most of the
    state police departments. But what one finds in the link to Calcutta
    Police (NCRB has not changed to Kolkata yet) is something that NCRB
    would not like to investigate ó sure methods of increasing virility
    and sex drive!
    The hacker seems to be of American origin or at least has US
    connections, considering that the pornographic material is typically
    yankee in nature. Therefore, for a minute, one can pardon NRCB. For,
    it happened with the link to Calcutta Police that was involved in the
    investigations of the recent American Centre incident.
    But what surprises most is that while the hacker uploads the page
    daily, NCRB has obviously not visited the site for days on end. If
    they have, and have yet not carried out any action, it calls for a
    bigger explanation. Maybe, like the Indian politicians, the police
    also takes action only if a foreign hand is suspected. And if it is a
    neighbourly foreign hand, the action is faster. But then, will
    Calcutta Police continue to boast the drive of a different nature?
    Technology is the new buzz in Indian police. Whether in criminal
    investigation or traffic management, IT is the mantra.
    But the mindset still seems to be old and rustic.
    Some of the cases that the cops have solved with the help of IT have
    become a folklore in the Indian Police history.
    Senior officers are ever so willing to take a pat on the back for
    cracking the match-fixing case in cricket and Phoolan Deviís murder
    with the help of IT.
    But will someone please stand up and own up the responsibility for not
    having checked the Calcutta Police site?
    This hacked site was discovered just when NCRB officials were busy
    explaining the IT initiative in the high profile home ministry agency.  
    For their claims.
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