Vikash Sharma

A steep rise in cyber crimes including online cyber fraud has now emerged as a major concern for people across the globe. Even in India, there has been an exponential rise in cyber crimes as well.

A new cybercrime investigation tool would soon be able to track cyberattacks targeting humans, like insurance fraud, online matrimonial fraud, and so on.

The tool - TTPs (tactics, techniques, and procedures)-based cybercrime investigation framework can help in tracking and classifying cybercrimes identifying the chain of evidence required to solve the case and mapping evidences onto the framework to convict criminals, reported PIB.

I-hub NTIHAC foundation (c3ihub) at IIT Kanpur with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DST) under the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), has developed a methodology and tool for apprehending cybercriminals’ modes of operations in a crime execution lifecycle.

As per PIB report, the technology can create an approximate crime execution path and suggest a crime path based on user derived set of keywords. It can also compare modus operandi (Mode of Operation) used in different crimes and manage user roles and track activity for crime paths.

The TTPs-based investigation framework could be highly effective as it restricts the numbers of forms and methods the investigation can be conducted and primarily relies on criminals’ TTPs. This leads to precise and rapid conviction of cybercriminals.

“Cybercrime incidents cause 1 crore/day loss in many states. Mostly, women, the aged, and poor people are targeted resulting in the loss of entire life savings. The number of cybercrime investigations was found significantly lesser than the number of cybercrime reports in India. The investigation of such cybercrimes depends on the FIR narratives by the victims who usually have extremely low cyber literacy. Hence their narratives frequently mislead or distract investigators,” the report added.