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Kerala Police to partner with startups to develop AI tool to identify fraud

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Kerala Police will collaborate with IT and tech startups in Kerala to develop an Artificial Intelligence tool to identify fraudulent websites that deceive individuals by promising lucrative trading and investment opportunities.

The decision to create such a state-of-the-art web-based application was made after a high-level meeting of officials led by State Police Chief Shaik Darvesh Saheb and ADGP (Law and Order) M R Ajith Kumar analysed the increase in cybercrime cases which involve fraudsters tricking people with offers that pledge high returns on investments in various projects, stocks and cryptocurrencies.

According to officials, fraudsters typically design highly interactive web portals and apps to carry out their scams. “The police department in collaboration with startups will develop the web-based application to enhance the efficiency and accuracy of the department’s ability to identify and report suspected fraudulent trading/investment websites,” said a senior police officer.

Details from the State Home Department reveal that the department has already initiated proceedings with Kerala Startup Mission to select a startup to collaborate with the police department on this project.

“The project aims to utilise Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Deep Learning (DL) technologies to automate the current manual processes involved in website analysis. This automation will save time and enhance the precision of identifying potential threats,” added a senior police officer.

The web-based application will empower the police department to use advanced data analysis techniques, including IP series examination, source code scrutiny, signature comparison, and trust score evaluation, to identify potential threats on websites and alert the relevant agencies.

“Once such websites are identified, instantaneous alerts will be issued to users through their web browsers, enabling proactive measures against potential cyber threats. We believe that collaboration with KSUM and its network of innovative startups will bring fresh perspectives and expertise to this crucial project. By working together, we can contribute to the development of a solution that not only addresses current challenges but also sets a new standard for cybersecurity in the digital landscape,” read an official document.

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