Saturday 11 June 2011

Authorship Attribution And Cyber Crimes Convictions

Cyber crimes are increasing world over. While technology has been used to reveal their true identity yet technology has also been used by cyber criminals to conceal their cyber tracks. There are many methods to conceal the identity of an accused and mixing within the crowd is one such method.

When an accused commits a cyber crime by mixing among the legitimate and law abiding crowd, it becomes imperative to ascertain, with great certainty, that a particular culpable act has been committed by a particular person alone.

According to Praveen Dalal, leading techno legal expert of India and managing partner of Perry4Law Techno Legal Base (PTLB), Authorship Attribution is an important aspect of “determining the culpability” of an offender where the means to commit the offence are common and accessible to many people simultaneously. Data Mining and Profiling of the accused to “Attribute Culpability” to him/her alone is an emerging area of Cyber Crime Investigation, informs Dalal.

However, ascertaining authorship of an offensive e-mail to a particular person requires tremendous expertise. In India cyber crime investigation is not upto the mark. When it comes to cyber forensics, the situation is even grimmer. However, Praveen Dalal has written an exclusive cyber forensic book for government departments of India and the same would help India greatly in fighting cyber crimes in India.

As far as the attribution aspect is concerned, the same would be covered by the forthcoming and exclusive techno legal cyber crime investigation manual of India to be released by PTLB and Praveen Dalal very shortly.

Indian government must also work in these directions and strengthen the cyber law, cyber forensics and other techno legal skill of its police officers, public prosecutors, judges, etc.

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