[ISN] Pakistan gears up to counter cyber terrorism

From: InfoSec News (alerts@private)
Date: Mon Feb 19 2007 - 01:30:07 PST


By Khalid Mustafa
February 18, 2007

ISLAMABAD: The government has decided to counter cyber terrorism by 
installing hi-tech mechanism across the country.

The decision to this effect was taken to counter threats being faced by 
Pakistan in the war on terror.

Pakistan has witnessed a series of terror attacks recently. Due to this 
reason, most countries of the world have imposed travel advisory against 
Pakistan. It has affected the flow of investment to Pakistan, a senior 
government official told The News Saturday.

The government has decided to initiate a project of national response 
centre for cyber crime worth Rs 181.429 million to counter such threats, 
he said.

The Central Development Working Party (CDWP) has approved the project, 
under which a national response centre for cyber crime will be set up in 
Islamabad with its regional offices in Karachi and Lahore under the 
control of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The project aims at effectively controlling cyber crime and overcoming 
issues like damage to data and electronic systems, electronic fraud and 
forgery, unauthorised access to codes and misuse of encryption, cyber 
stalking, spamming, spoofing, unauthorised interception and cyber 
terrorism. The project will also prevent use of cyber space for illegal 
and cyber crime activities.

The centre will have a core of qualified computer experts to collect 
information from the site involved in cyber crime and to investigate 
events, record and exercise power to seize all suspect material and 
interrogate the events as quickly as possible.

The centre will have a state-of-the-art digital forensic laboratory 
having facilities to retrieve and analyse computer data collected from 
the site of the crime and also to develop, preserve it as evidence to 
present it in a court of law.

The proposed project is a part of the avowed cyber crime objectives of 
the governments overall policies to ensure public safety.

The victims of all types of cyber crime will contact the centre for 
investigation and prosecution.

The official said the project would enhance the capacity of government 
of Pakistan and Federal Investigation Agency to effectively prevent 
growing cyber crime.

The project will also develop and maintain expertise for crime 
investigation involving modern technology.

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