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Friday, 06 March 2015 10:00   NewsX Bureau (With Inputs from PTI)

Virtually impossible to block content of India's Daughter documentary, say cyber experts

New Delhi: Armed with a judicial order, the government has stepped in to prevent the viewing of the controversial documentary, 'India's Daughter', on the internet but cyber experts believe it may be virtually "impossible" to block its content.

BBC broadcast the documentary — which is based on the 16 December, 2002, gangrape in Delhi — in the UK on Wednesday and the video has since gone viral on the internet. YouTube has, however, begun blocking it after being asked by the Indian government.

According to cyber crime experts, it is now very difficult to block all the content.

"Once the video is public, it is impossible to stop the circulation of the interview. There are tools which can search a particular content on the web but complete blocking is difficult.

"Government and police can at the maximum ask the hosting site to block it, but in the cyber world, it will keep popping up," said Ishan Sinha, a cyber expert who imparts cyber crime training to various state police forces.

The controversy surrounding the interview increased the curiosity among the general public and, following the UK telecast of the 60-minute long video, the film went viral on Youtube, social media and torrent sites even though a court has banned its broadcast in India.

Experts claimed that cops will also have to struggle in finding the origin of video uploads as most of the servers are located abroad.

"Most websites, including the social media ones and WhatsApp, have their servers outside India and they are reluctant to share their logs with the police. As the interview is available on many websites, it is only going to spread further even though the sharing and transfer of a banned video is a violation of the IT act," said advocate Prashant Mali, a Mumbai-based cyber law and cyber security expert.

The video is already circulating on social media websites.

In the interview conducted by British filmmaker Leslee Udwin and BBC, Mukesh Singh, the driver of the bus in which the 23-year-old paramedical student was brutally gangraped, expresses no remorse for the crime. He has also made derogatory statements against women in the documentary.

Delhi police registered an FIR and obtained a restraining order against the broadcast of the interview.

"We have taken a restraining order from court and informed all concerned that broadcast in any form is not allowed. Any broadcasting and uploading of the video will be violation of the law," Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has said.

Cyber experts also expect malware authors to create a malicious script and take advantage of the controversy by uploading a fake video or links with malware.

"There are many links on the torrent which are offering free download, but most of them can be fake. Malware authors take advantage of netizens' curiosity. Many fake videos were circulated during the Muzaffarnagar riots of 2013," said Sinha.



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