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e-protection for cyber cafes

Ranchi, Feb.2: Jharkhand police today met a host of cyber café owners in the state capital and introduced a special software that helps detect misuse of Internet facilities on offer in yet another measure to beef up cyber security in the state.

The software, iCafemanager, ensures proper use of cyber cafés and provides a platform to detect any kind of misuse, especially sending of objectionable e-mails to unsuspecting targets.

The meeting, attended by over 50, was presided over by SSP Saket Singh who assured them that the police would install the software free of cost.

“It is a complete solution for cyber café management with features to keep track of websites browsed and block unwanted sites. It also allows a café owner to remotely manage all terminals, thereby keep a watch on users,” he said.

Singh warned café owners that those refusing to set up the software would not receive any co-operation from the police in case their premises were misused to send objectionable emails.

Jharkhand has been embarrassed on several occasions, most recently in December 2012 when an objectionable email, addressed to DGPs of Maharashtra, Delhi and even the home state, were traced to a cyber cafe in Ranchi.

Subsequently, the police raided several cafes across the state to ensure that mandated precautions of use — maintaining a registry of users is one such rule — were being followed.

Vinay Kumar, owner of the café from where the threat mail was sent on December 6 last year, was happy about the police initiative.

“The software will also help store email ids of users, thereby helping the police trace those responsible in case of misuse,” he said.

Singh said Ranchi would be the first district in the state to use iCafemanager in cyber cafés. “This will be of great help to the city,” he added.

On December 6 last year, state DGP G.S. Rath received an email warning him that Ranchi, Mumbai and Delhi would be targets of explosions. A copy of the mail was also sent to police headquarters in Maharashtra and New Delhi.

The police went into a tizzy and ultimately took the help of Yahoo to trace the offender’s email id: danishalam902@yahoo.com.

After a thorough investigation, the police arrested one Mohammed Irfan, a private contractor, for sending the mail from the cyber café run by Vinay Kumar, ironically operating from near Lalpur police station in the heart of Ranchi.

Irfan was sent to jail on December 31.


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