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Cyber crimes on rise, but police officials are layman

UP police wrote a letter to Twitter Inc asking for removal of certain photographs and text uploaded on the social networking site said to be related to the Dadri incident in which Akhlaq (50) was lynched following rumours that his family had consumed and stored beef. It is an irony that Government is bothered about its reputation on social media but no preventive action has been taken yet to prevent this type of incident. Everyone is indulging in ‘Tu Tu Mein Mein’ politics over this incidence as Bihar elections are ahead. BJP had indulged in worst politics by forcing a priest of a temple to tell lies from inside the temple and then they lynched a man to death and brutally assaulted his family members. No government or political party is sensitive to take action or do the needful in the interest of the people. Our prime minister, who was known for instant reaction for everything, was dead silent for fortnight when state was under communal tensions and his lieutenants Mahesh Sharma, Sadhvi Prachi, Sangeet Som and Sakshi Maharaj are continuously spreading hatred passing provocative statements. I think Modi not only lost control over country but also on his own ministers, MPs and MLAs too. He broke his silence but choose a poll bound state. Is politicizing everything necessary? India’s secular image got a jolt in the world with this news. Every Newspaper and websites have carried this news as an important news, which is giving a blot on democracy of India. With no end to war of words over the lynching, adding more fuel to the fire, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has said that they are ready to kill in order to protect cows from slaughter. The remarks came on a day, when Samajwadi Party’s Azam Khan is expected to visit the village. I’m surprised, when these leaders are not bothered about the cow that is eating garbage, polythene for their survival, living on roads?

Suppose if published and over hyped content is removed along with specific photographs and text uploaded by a twitter handles then how will that solve the basic issue or stigma be wiped out? Why these eye washes? They are investigating into the other aspects like the individual behind the handle that was used to upload this objectionable text and graphics as such activities whip up communal passions which can prove detrimental for the surcharged atmosphere prevailing in certain parts of the state. However, it is the fact that no one is able to control the situation on ground level. Akhilesh has directed to take stern action against elements creating disharmony and inciting hatred by circulating baseless content on social media, specially (on) Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter but he is not controlling those goons who are playing politics in his state itself. Effective action should be taken here not on social media and elements spreading rumours should be dealt with strict action by registering FIR against them. Moreover, cyber cell officers get rare chance to appear on camera, so they randomly pass statements without having any knowledge of cyber security of hacking or using fake IP. They even don’t know basic difference between using proxy and hack. As the spokesman gave comments to media that some tweets originated from a twitter handle being operated from Noida with the motive of disturbing communal harmony and spreading hatred then he said some are tweeted from an IP which is untraceable, some might be hacking international IP. It is such a shame that he does not know there are thousands of methods for using proxy IPs. Police should be trained in this regards.

These tweets were made on September 30 and an FIR has been lodged in the matter. Stern action would be taken against the person concerned after investigation. But believe me, no one would be arrested or really traced. The state administration has also asked people to inform it on 9454401002 if they come across any such cases on social networking websites and applications. The identity of the informer would be kept secret.
Let me tell you, the cyber crime is rising at alarming rate, the number of cyber crimes in India may touch a humungous figure of 3,00,000 in 2015, almost double the level of last year causing havoc in the financial space, security establishment and social fabric, an ASSOCHAM-Mahindra SSG study warned.

What is more worrying here is that the origin of these crimes is widely based abroad in countries including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria among others.

As per the study findings, during 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 years, a total number of cyber crimes registered were 13,301, 22,060 71,780 and 62,189 (till May). Currently, the cyber crimes in India is nearly around 1,49,254 and is likely to cross the 3,00,000 by 2015 growing at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 107 per cent. As per the findings, every month nearly 12,456 cases are registered in India.

Phishing attacks of online banking accounts or cloning of ATM/Debit cards are common occurrences. The increasing use of mobile/smartphones/tablets for online banking/financial transactions has also increased the vulnerabilities to a great extent. The maximum offenders came from the 18-30 age group, adds the report.

These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyber space of a number of countries including the US, Europe, Brazil, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Algeria and the UAE, highlighted the ASSOCHAM-Mahindra SSG joint study. With increasing use of information technology (IT) enabled services such as e-governance, online business and electronic transactions protection of personal and sensitive data have assumed paramount importance.

Growing internet penetration and rising popularity of online banking have made India a favourite among the cybercriminals, who target online financial transactions using malware and India ranks third after Japan and US in the tally of countries most affected by online banking malware during the year of 2014, highlighted the ASSOCHAM- Mahindra SSG study.

As per the study, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra have occupied the top 3 positions when it comes to cyber crimes registered under the new IT Act in India. Interestingly, these three states together contribute more than 70 per cent to India’s revenue from IT and IT related industries.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), Uttar Pradesh with 372 cases registered in 2013 is in the fourth place. It has seen a huge rise of 81.5 per cent in just one year. Kerala is in the 5th place with 349 cases registered in 2013. So far, UP government did nothing, what can they do in future? Just threatening verbally.

Dr Vaidehi Taman
Dr Vaidehi an Accredited Journalist from Maharashtra is bestowed with Honourary Doctorate in Journalism, Investigative Journalist, Editor, Ethical Hacker, Philanthropist, and Author. She is Editor-in-Chief of Newsmakers Broadcasting and Communications Pvt. Ltd. for 11 years, which features an English daily tabloid – Afternoon Voice, a Marathi web portal – Mumbai Manoos, monthly magazines like Hackers5, Beyond The News (international) and Maritime Bridges. She is also an EC Council Certified Ethical Hacker, Certified Security Analyst and is also a Licensed Penetration Tester which caters to her freelance jobs.

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