US presses India on cyber security

The ministry of home affairs has said cyber security cases are on the rise and India is slowly building capability to fight these by setting up more cyber forensic labs and cyber police stations.

n day-long talks on internal security on Friday, the US pressed India on cyber security while India reiterated its demand for access to David Headley and his associate Tahawwur Rana, both accused in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

Both countries deliberated on capacity building, cyber security, civil aviation, bulk smuggling of cash, fake currency notes, customs and technology, officials said on condition of anonymity.

Indian home secretary R.K. Singh and US deputy secretary for homeland security Jane Lute also held talks for an hour. Singh raised the issue of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) chief Hafiz Saeed, apart from Headley and Rana.
Last month the US announced a bounty of $10 million for the arrest and conviction of Saeed. Headley and Rana are in US jails and Indian investigators have questioned Headley once. India is seeking custody of both Headley and Rana.

“Their main thrust was on cyber security,” said an Indian official. “They were more interested in India’s capability to detect and investigate cases related to cyber crime. Their concerns are justified as back offices of many US companies are located in various parts of the country. It is likely that India and the US will share more on the technology front as they pledged more cooperation.”

The ministry of home affairs has said cyber security cases are on the rise and India is slowly building capability to fight these by setting up more cyber forensic labs and cyber police stations.

This is the second round of India-US homeland security talks. In May last year, homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano led a delegation to India for talks with home minister P. Chidambaram.

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