Cyber Crime Biggest Challenge To Cops, Nation

Cyber Crime Biggest Challenge To Cops, Nation

Cyber crime holds no boundaries. Unlike other crimes, it is not necessary for the criminal to be close to the victim. The crime can take place in any part of the world and can affect an individual in a different country, said IGP (Western Range) Pratap Reddy.

He was speaking after inaugurating a UGC sponsored State-level seminar on 'Cyber Crime,' organised by School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya in Mangalore on Friday.
The police force faces a biggest challenge when a cyber criminal has committed a crime from a different country. Each country has their own law and many prohibit collection of evidence.

The organised criminals make use of this weakness and plan the crime from different parts of the world, he said.  

"Technology being updated everyday is another main challenge. The IT Act introduced in 2000 was amended in 2008. However, in eight years technology had changed drastically and since 2008 till date even more innovations have been added," said Reddy and added that every company is in a race to introduce a better product that they do not see if the government is updated to handle to crime that may be caused due to the technology.

Today it is very easy to obtain personal data, as we ourselves share information in many instances such as ordering a pizza, booking things online, downloading softwares. However, if this data base falls in wrong hands, it leads to cyber crime,  he warned.

Advanced threats 

Speaking on the topics 'Introduction to Cyber Crime and Types of Cyber Crime,' CID Detective Inspector M D Sharath said that a study on cyber crimes shows there is no tendency of the crimes slowing down. The 2011 research reports highlight new advanced threats and an increased of sophistication in the attacks. 

India is projected to be the third largest internet user base in the world in 2013 with over 120 million internet users in India. Electronic payments in India account for 35.3 per cent of the local transactions in terms of volume and 88.3 per cent in terms of value. India has also the world's second largest mobile phone user base with 894 million users as on December 2011.

However, the NCRB Cyber Crime Statistics reveal that 1791 cyber crime cases are registered under the IT Act 2008. There is an increase of 85.4 per cent cases over 2010. As many as 422 cases are registered under IPC and 1184 persons have been arrested, he said.

"One can spread terror as seen in the North East Exodus, where mass SMS was used to send messages. Many fall prey to Nigerian scams. On interrogating a Nigerian fraud, he said it is easy to fool Indians as they are greedy," he said.

Speaking on some of the latest innovations in cyber crime, Sharath said that it is possible to manipulate a cardiac pacemaker by hacking the signal and also manipulate insulin levels shown in a insulin level reader. With this, the life of the person is at risk. The hacker can simply stop the pacemaker or give wrong insulin level information resulting in a person's death. In Europe, a LAN connection of a hospital was hacked and the prescription of a particular patient was modified, resulting in the death of the person, he said.

School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya Principal said that with world wide web, the world has become a global village. People should be careful while using technology, she advised.
Department of Law Coordinator and Kuvempu University Director of Distance Education Special Officer Dr A Mohan Ram took up a session on 'Cyber Law'.

M D Sharath took another session 'Modern System and Technology to Combat Cyber Crime'. DK District Superintendent of Police Abhishek Goyal spoke on 'Public-Participation in Combating Cyber Crime'.

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