Government Policy

Cyber centre probing sensational cases

By Asraful Huq

DHAKA, JUNE 6, 2017 (BSS) - The country's first-ever Cyber Investigation Centre is now probing sensational cases to expedite the investigation process and clear the backlog of the cases related to serious offences.

The centre has already completed investigation and forensic examination into around 1000 sensational cases, including the Holy Artisan cafe attack, rape of two girls at a Banani hotel and Bangladesh Bank reserve scam, said official sources.

"We have so far completed investigation and forensic examination of around 950 cases out of 1120 since inception of the cyber investigation centre in 2013," said Additional Superintendent of Police Md Jalal Uddin Fahim, also the chief of Digital Forensic Lab and Cyber Police Bureau, Criminal Investigation Department (CID).

"All the major cases, including 25 militant related cases, in which crimes were committed involving digital devices, have been sent to us for conducting investigation and forensic examinations," he said.

Besides, Fahim said the centre dealt with over one lakh allegations of crimes involving digital devices like the Bangladesh Bank scam and stealing money from ATMs. Many of the cases were eventually referred to Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulator Commission (BTRC) for taking quicker action.

As part of the Awami League government's pledge to make Bangladesh digital, the country's first-ever Cybercrime Training Centre and Cybercrime Investigation Centre were set up at Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Malibagh in the city, Project Director and CID's Police Super of Dhaka Metro (North) Rezaul Hawlader told BSS.

Both the centres were constructed at a cost of US dollars 3.5 million (around Tk 28 crore) under the project of Enhancing Cyber Investigation Capacity of Bangladesh Police, he added.

The government contributed around Tk 4.5 crore while KOICA gave the rest of the money. The investigation centre has been built at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in the capital while the cyber training centre is housed in the Traffic and Driving School in Mill Barack of the old part of the city.

Most of the equipment have been purchased from Korea and the United States, and some others from Germany. Six CID officers, including a computer programmer, with posts equivalent to additional police supers, two assistant police supers, and three sub-inspectors have already been trained in a Korean university for six months.

The trained CID officers and two computer experts from Korea will train others, and now they are preparing a syllabus suitable for Bangladesh.

The centre has three departments - mobile forensic to retrieve and assess data collected from the mobile phones; computer forensic to assess data retrieved from computers and laptops, while system forensic to assess data collected from hardware, CCTVs (closed Circuit Camera Televisions), pen drives and other devices.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)