New Delhi: Keeping in view the terror threats and need of a cyber security, the government of India will very soon be able to crackdown on those users who are allegedly involved in illegal activities of sending e-mails vis-à-vis using social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook and You Tube.

A watch dog is keeping a close watch on not only the internet users but even on the chats, contents, mails, searches, updates and mails floated by them.

The Cabinet Committee for Security Affairs (CCSA) has approved a plan of Rs 450 crore for several intelligence agencies under which a high tech internet traffic monitoring system is being installed to keep a watch on the terrestrial network, satellites and even the marine cables.

The National Technical Research Organization (NTRO) has been entrusted with the task of monitoring the technical command of the plan and has been allotted an initial budget of Rs 20 crore for the purpose.
About 53 monitoring modules have been established in different parts of the country. These modules are being linked to a central system to open encrypted messages and supervising contents.

The Intelligence Bureau (IB), the National Investigation Agency (NIA), Military Intelligence (MI), Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Department of Telecommunication (DOT), C-DOT, Telecom Engineering Centre (TEC) and Information Technology Department will jointly conduct the working of the monitoring system.

Several meetings were held in this regard by secret agencies, including Defence Ministry, Home Ministry and advance computing organizations during the last six months.
Special techniques will be used for monitoring the vast web content floating in form of mails, chats etc in which the Centre for Artificial Intelligence & Robotics (CAIR) will also offer its services.

The NTRO has prepared separate monitoring modules for water (marine cables), land (terrestrial Internet Gateway) and space (satellite INMARSAT).

In order to supervise the internet sites, besides the central monitoring system, a Telecom Testing and Security Certification Centre will be set up to sanction the security of the equipment used in the telecommunication network.

(Anushuman Tiwari)