Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Cyber crimes up across India, state tops with 62% rise

Mostly Youngsters At Fault, Think They Won't Be Caught
The number of cyber crimes registered rose across the city , state and country in 2013, said the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report.Maharashtra topped the black list among states for the second consecutive year while Mumbai dropped one position to rank fourth against third in 2012 (132 cases in 2013 against 105 in 2012) among cities with the most cases (see box).
Though Mumbai improved, it logged more cases of banking card fraud, online sexual harassment and posting obscene messages to take revenge, showing that the other cities were being progressively more victimized by cyber fraudsters.
The audacity of the fraudsters is borne out by fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 15.48 lakh through ATMs from 37 Axis Bank accounts, including 14 belonging to Mumbai policemen. Some of these with drawals in June 2013 happened in Greece. Police suspect a gang had fitted a skimming de vice in an ATM adjacent to the state police headquarters in Colaba. The city has been witnessing a slew of online credit and debit card frauds, some com mitted abroad. People who have not even travelled abroad have had purchases worth lakhs made on their cards in places like the US.
On March 28, 2103, the cyber crime cell of Mumbai police received a complaint from television actor Mona Singh after someone uploaded an MMS featuring her in the nude.
Probe indicated it had been morphed.
Former IPS officer-turnedlawyer Y P Singh said the increase in computers and smart devices have fuelled a spurt in cyber crimes of social nature such as abuse, intimidation, pornography , fake emails, etc.
Unless the police crack down, the crimes will increase.
Younger people know that the social media is un-policed and believe they have a right to say whatever they want, said cyber expert Vijay Mukhi.
Mumbai police spokesperson Mahesh Patil said investigation has shown a majority of cyber offences are committed by youngsters either to take revenge or for fast money . “They commit the offence thinking that they can get away with it.“

Source::: The Times of India, 02.07.2014, p.02,

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