Jharkhand emerges hotbed of low-tech cyber crimes

Nov 28, 2016 | 1:23 pm

Published by | Karnveer Singh

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The typical literacy rate in Jamtara, a predominantly tribal area in Jharkhand, is around 65 percent, much lower than the nationwide average of 74 percent. Yet, the people here are surprisingly tech-savvy.

A current document on an awareness drive by the Election Commission notes, “Telecommunication penetration is actually higher (despite poor signal and connection problems with BSNL) in Jamtara than another way of communication like a television set and print media. ”

Jamtara is one of the biggest centers of organized cyber crime in India. The Karmatar police train station in Jamtara alone documents for more than 55 per cent of scams related to ATMs and debit and credit cards, in line with the police.

“We have no clue why Karmatar is such a huge center for cyber crime. A police official from one state yet another is always present here, focusing on an investigation related to cyber crime, ” says Ramesh Kumar Dubey, mouthpiece commissioner, Jamtara. “It is not unusual to find people here operating laptop computers on the roadside. They will could be just making fraudulent money transfers. We now have arrested hundreds of people, mostly between 20 and 3 decades of age group, who have taken this up as an occupation. As per our estimations, near 150 gangs are involved in developing internet fraud as an industry, ” he adds.

The number of cyber offenses in India almost bending between 2013 and 2015. According to data from the NCRB (National Crime Record Bureau), practically 5,693 cases of cyber criminal offense were recorded in 2013, which climbed to 11,331 in 2015.

“Cyber crimes are mostly bailable offenses. Also, scamsters often go scot-free for the absence of evidence. Additionally, there is a lack of investigating officers as only inspectors and above are allowed to investigate cyber crimes, ” says Mukesh Choudhary, a Cyber Security Expert.

According to Triveni Singh, additional superintendent of police with Uttar Pradesh’s cyber crime special task force, while internet fraud training has surfaced as a cottage industry in Jamtara, it is a flourishing trade in the national capital region.

“The police are not able to track the causes as all the paperwork, be it SIM or Internet connection, is false. When police go to the spot, there is hardly anyone there to arrest. One needs to things the like the sudden rise in purchasing habits to track the culprits”, says Singh. If experts are to be thought, it takes not more than four days to master cyber fraud with the training centers at Jamtara. The cost of the training is Rs 7,000-10,000. Training involves training people in making fake phone telephone calls, mostly in the fabrication of a bank worker, and seeking information like the CVV or pin for urgent accounts verification. This is accompanied a by a prompt transfer of money into one’s own accounts.

You can get hold of a SIM card or Web connection without proper documents for Rs 400-500, relating to police officials. More than the last two years, cyber crimes have become more advanced, involving more recent kinds of social engagements like Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin. The recent fraud including 3. 2 million charge cards compromised by a malware attack reveals the potential threat from such scams.

“We are progressively seeing cases of charge or credit-based card cloning. Cyber-terrorist send malware through text message or email and once a link is clicked on all the files are encrypted. Subsequently, hackers send ransom messages demanding repayment for decryption through Bitcoin, ” says Singh.

Hackers have adopted new methods. Earlier they would ask for the CVV or ATM pin. Now, they often obtain information like credit or debit card numbers through data leaks. The only number they don’t have is  the CVV or ATM pin, which people often provide after all the verification, ” says Mukesh Choudhary, a cyber Security expert.

One of the first avatars of cyber criminal offense originated from Nigeria, where scamsters sought payments by hacking email accounts. Relating to police officials, while the local cyber scams industry has evolved, so has the Nigerian internet crime machinery. They, too, have adopted newer ways to dupe people, mainly through social networking sites.

Experts have also found a number of frauds focusing on exporters. An unidentified adware and spyware, which works in on stealth, creates filters that keep the exporter in the dark about emails being from their accounts. Seated miles away, the con artists successfully divert payments to their accounts rather than the original buyer, relating to Choudhary.

Frauds including an advance payment are known as 419 AFF (advance-fee fraud) crimes. This is not the same as the localized internet crime industry in Jamtara, which mostly involves deceptive transactions after obtaining pin number numbers. While there is no recent data on the extent of such frauds, a 2014 statement by Ultrascan Advanced Global Investigations, states there have been forty-nine AFF scam rings in India with 1,610 active members, the 5th highest in the world. Unlike the Jamtara scamsters, these wings are propagated across states.

Source: Business-Standard.com