Police Commissioner Abdulla Riyaz has revealed that the Police would establish a Cybercrime Department very soon to curb the recent increase in internet crimes.
Subsequent to the hacking of Maldives Stock Exchange (MSE) website on Thursday night, Riyaz tweeted that a department would be set up solely with the mandate of combating cybercrime.
A Police official last night claimed that the department would be established within the coming three months. To that end, a cybercrime Act had been drafted and forwarded to the Attorney General’s office, official added.
“We can only take necessary steps to combat cybercrime after that bill is forwarded to the Parliament. We have already investigated cases of such crimes,” official detailed.
Official further added that the Police had already set up a financial crimes unit, which currently undertakes investigations into cybercrimes.
“Due to the increase of internet crimes, we want to upgrade that unit to department level, and continue operations as Cyber Police. We also wish to enhance capacity of police officers specifically to such crimes,” official said.
“Numerous internet crimes are now being committed in the Maldives. This is a major cause for concern.”
The hackers of the MSE website left their signature after the event. The globally notorious hactivist group “Anonymous” who has claimed responsibility for taking down government and corporate websites worldwide stated in the MSE website that “they were Anonymous MV”. The signature of the hackers had also used the “Guy Fawkes Mask” which is the logo associated with the group.