GUWAHATI, March 21 � Cyber weapons are no less lethal than nuclear weapons and there is a need to prepare ourselves from its intrinsic threat. This was observed by the Chief Justice of the Meghalaya High Court, Umanath Singh, while addressing the Regional Conference on Cyber Laws (Issues and Challenges) at the Administrative Staff College here today.
The two-day conference is being organized by the Gauhati High Court in association the Judicial Academy Assam and �NEJOTI�.
�Cyber space, though man-made, is unlimited and hence there is a need to come up with faster solution,� he said.
Earlier, inaugurating the conference, Justice Madan B Lokur, who heads the e-committee in the Supreme Court of India, said, �Unlike what it used to be 10 to 15 years back, there is a distinct increase in cyber crime cases. In fact, new kinds of cyber crimes are emerging and it has therefore become imperative to prepare ourselves, be it the judiciary or the investigators.�
�Understanding the nature of crime committed, its evidential value and finally analysing the evidence in hand are the three crucial aspects,� Justice Lokur said.
Speaking on the topic �Appreciation of electronic evidence�, Pavan Duggal, author of a number of books on cyber crimes and advocate of the Supreme Court, dwelt on various aspects of electronic evidences while referring to a number of high-profile cases, including the �suicide� of DK Ravi, the IAS officer of Bengaluru.
�A survey has shown that by the end of 2015 one out of every five cases will have electronic evidence component,� he said. He also informed that India has emerged as the highest spam sending country.
A host of other issues, including computer forensics and cyber crimes, cyber world and crimes against women, social networking and mobile forensics were also deliberated upon during the opening day.
Earlier, an exhibition of cyber forensic tools, organized by CDAC, Kolkota, and CID (Assam Police) was also inaugurated by Justice Lokur in the Administrative Staff College premises.