Coimbatore: The city police are gearing up to rope in college students, who are experts in ethical hacking, to crack unsolved cybercrime cases.
This was unveiled at the meeting that city police commissioner V Balakrishnan held with the representatives of government, aided and private colleges at the police commissionerate two days ago.
Pointing out that cybercrimes were on the rise, the city top cop has directed the college managements to launch a cyber club for the students in their institutions soon. “The club should have 25 to 30 students as members. Students of information technology, computer science and other streams related to software and application development can be added as the members.”
He said the cybercrime police would add the club members to a WhatsApp group to share awareness messages and videos. “The members have to share the same with other students and teachers to sensitize them. We plan to use the students to solve some unsolved cybercrimes. We will conduct a hackathon for the students soon.”
If the students or college staff were to fall prey to the cybercrime frauds, the city police commissioner said, it was the responsibility of the club members to bring the issue to the knowledge of the cybercrime police.
“We have advised the college managements to closely monitor the students’ activities. Some of them are engaged in the sale of ganja and sedative pills. If we were to catch them on the premises of the colleges, the name of the institutions will also be included in the case,” Balakrishan said.