5,000 sites dish out porn!

Published on May 15, 2015 03:28:22 AM
Cities
Telangana govt cracks down on obscene websites; books 1400 cases

Telangana Cyber Crime police have registered as many as 1,400 cases against websites which have been hosting pornographic and obscene content in pursuance of the guidelines issued by the Poonam Malakondaiah committee.

The committee, which was appointed by State government to recommend measures for the protection of women in Telangana, had submitted a preliminary report and suggested to the government for a ban on pornographic websites. As per the committee’s recommendations, Information Technology minister K T Rama Rao had held a meeting with 26 internet service providers (ISPs) and the ISPs helped the State government to identify the origin of these pornographic websites.

A team under supervision of Additional DG (CID) Satyanarayan has identified about 5,000 websites containing pornography and obscene content. Later, the cyber wing of the CID found that many sites have been interlinked with others as if a computer user surfs a site, it automatically redirects to 10 to 15 selected pornographic sites.

The CID team filtered about 1400 base sites which are redirecting users to other pornographic websites and registered cases under section 69a of IT Act (2000). Based on easywhois information, police have included accused persons and organization names and left accused column empty by mentioning "unknown” in cases of the details of owners not found.

The CID have already filed charge sheets and waiting for the orders from the court. "The amendments of IT Act included various sections and clauses as per the raising rate of cyber criminals and modus operandi of them. Section 69a is providing powers to Central government or any authorized officer to direct any agency or intermediary (for reasons recorded in writing) to block websites in special circumstances. Under this Section the grounds on which such blocking is possible are quite wide.

In this respect, the Information Technology Rules, 2009 were passed vide GSR 781(E) dated 27 Oct 2009 whereby websites promoting hate content, slander, defamation, promoting gambling, racism, violence and terrorism, pornography, violent sex can reasonably be blocked. The rules also allow the blocking of websites by a court order. It further provides for review committee to review the decision to block websites,” an officer from CID told to Metro India.

"As we get the court order, we will forward it to the central government and it would be reviewed by the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT). As per the recommendations of the CERT, the Department of Telecommunication (DoT) would direct ISPs to block such websites,” he said.

The CID is supposed to recommend the ISPs to block the Uniform Resource Identifier (URL) instead of IP addresses. "If we block a website based on IP address, the organizer of the site can shift the IP address and can able to revoke it from their end again. The permanent solution to blocking websites is opting URL,” he added.a