India’s Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh inaugurated a national cyber forensic lab and the Delhi Police’s cybercrime unit called the Cyber Protection Awareness and Detection Center (Cypad) on Monday, The Hindu reported.
“It is the first cybercrime awareness and detection center opened in the country,” Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik said. The national cyber forensic lab is facilitated with units such as “memory forensics lab, image enhancement lab, network forensics lab, malware forensics lab, cryptocurrency forensics lab, damaged hard disk and advanced mobile forensics lab,” he noted that these new units will greatly help the Police force.
“We are now equipped with technology to recover data from damaged hard disks, cryptocurrency analysis, malware forensic and data can be retrieved from 33,000 kinds of mobile models available in the market. Cyber experts will train our staff.”
According to the report, both the CYPAD and the National Cyber Forensic Lab are in the same building, in Dwarka’s Sector 16 C. The lab is part of the Union Home Ministry’s Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Center.
The Cypad “aims to provide cyber investigation, cyber forensics, cyber safety, and security-related services to the citizens as well as to police units and agencies of Delhi,” the report further elaborated.
Minister said that cybercrime is the “biggest threat to digital India,” the news outlet conveyed. He further emphasized that Cypad “will deal with cryptocurrency fraud and international tech-supported frauds,” Devdiscourse publication noted. On Sunday, The Times of India reported that the city crime branch has busted a gang allegedly involved in a crypto scam that duped investors an estimated Rs 100 crore (~$14 million).