Cybercrime: Hyderabad third in hall of shame

Feb 24, 2017 | 4:24 pm

Published by | Chandan Singh

Hyderabad has the suspicious distinction of ranking third near your vicinity when it comes to cyber crime. Inside the period 2010-15, as many as 1, 074 internet offences were registered in the city. Cyber crime also saw a spurt of virtually 138% from 2013 to 2014, though it fell by 10% from 2014 to 2015.

The more astonishing jump, of 529%, was witnessed from 2010 to 2015. Many cases filed during 2013-15 pertain to stalking through SMS and email, and making abusive calls (together treated as one criminal offences category). The number of cases registered in this category is 222, implemented by 112 cases of banking card fraud, seventy-five of job fraud, 146 of miscellaneous categories like blackmailing and extortion and 45 of the so called Nigerian fraud.

Total cybercrime cases for 2013 amount 165, which rose almost one and a 1/2 times to 392 in 2014. In 2015, the number was slightly lower than the previous year–352. This year, only 56 circumstances were filed, reveal the Hyderabad police’s gross annual criminal offenses round-up report.

Overall in cybercrime, Hyderabad is merely lurking behind Jaipur (1,104). Bengaluru led the table with 2,642 cases. Not any other southern city comes close. Inside the 4th to sixth ranks are Lucknow (692), Delhi (629) and Kanpur (411).

Busts made in 2015 num bered 157, including 13 foreigners. Most of them fell in age group of 18-30 years (76) and, surprisingly, 45-60 years (65). “Property worth Rs 3.8 crore was recovered from the charged. The sum includes money from their bank data files, ” says an internet police officer.

Most affected individuals of cyber offences dropped prey to fraudsters who posed as bank associates, says Sandeep Mudalkar, a cybercrime investigation trainer and CEO of Sytech Labs. He says such callers manage to accumulate credit or debit card details and siphon off money from bank accounts.

“New technologies permit people to commit cybercrime. Netizens should be aware of online criminal behavior or suspect behavior,”says Vasant Tajne, a retired ACP. “There are many types of cybercrime, including internet bullying, stalking and extortion. One should be suspicious of dark net deals too. Awareness is the only method to keep oneself safe very well.

Additional commissioner of law enforcement (crime) Swati Lakra says the cyber police are very well equipped with advanced technology and a cyber forensics lab.”There is also a specialised cyber cell in every police station and employees are trained to übung cyber offences. In circumstance of major offences, they may be provided assistance from the cyber cell of the police inches.

In Telangana, cyber crime investigation is part of the training program for constables, sub-inspectors and direct recruit DSPs
CID has a cyber laboratory to train cops to solve cyber crime across the state. The lab has cyber forensic and research tools.


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