Cyber crooks lie low as cops get smart

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Hyderabad: Are cyber crooks lying low in Telangana? Statistics of cybercrime cases in the State for 2016 indicate so.

Cybercrime cases have registered a decrease, though marginal, this year as against those in 2015, according to statistics compiled by the State police. While 634 cybercrimes were registered in various police stations across Telangana in 2015, this year, only 513 have been registered.

However, cases of tele-phishing, including credit/debit frauds, frauds over matrimonial websites and cases related to communal content on social media were on the rise.

The decline in cases, according to police officials, was mainly due to capacity building at the police station level, creating awareness about cybercrimes and security by various agencies, including the police. Banks, social media and email providers too had introduced more security features, including two factor authentication.

The monthly average of cybercrime cases too had fallen. The average in 2014 was 62 cases, while the same was 57 in 2015. This year, the monthly average was 42.

On cases of tele-phishing, officials said fraudsters were calling gullible persons on phone, posing as bank officials, and asking them to divulge vital information, including Card Verification Value (CVV) number and One Time Password (OTP) of their credit or debit cards. Such information was being misused in a large way.

On the other hand, 2016 saw several breakthroughs in cyber fraud cases. This was possible because of the efforts of the Cybercrime Wing of the Crime Investigation Department (CID), to improve monitoring and detection of cybercrime with the help of the Ministry of Home Affairs, national agencies such as National Technological Research Organisation (NTRO), Computer Emergency Response Team – India (CERT-In) and the Interpol.

The year also saw four convictions in cybercrime cases, which the officials termed ‘remarkable achievement’.

Meanwhile, Centre for Development of Advanced Computing Project Manager I L Narasimha Rao said police personnel at all levels should undergo training in investigating cybercrimes. Cybercrime police stations in the State should also be equipped with more manpower and equipment.

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