THE CITY Beautiful, which is vying to become a smart city, recorded 40 per cent increase in the number of cyber crime cases in 2015, reveals data by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). Curiously, the data shows, in the majority of cases, computer professionals and students were involved.
The NCRB data reveals that in 2014, a total of 55 cases related to cyber crime were registered while in 2015, the number went up to 77, an increase of 40 per cent. The number of persons arrested by the police for cyber crime has witnessed a drop of 51 per cent in 2015 as compared to 2014, raising questions on the police investigation skills to probe the cyber-related crimes.
The police officials attribute technical reasons for the low rate of arrests. According to the police, criminals use international servers which are difficult to detect.
In 2014, a total of 45 persons who were involved in cyber crimes were arrested in 55 cases while in 2015, the number of accused arrested dipped to 22 in 77 cases registered by the police.
Ruling out shortcomings in their investigations, UT Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill said sometimes people fall in the trap of criminals and disclose their personal information to them. The police were spreading awareness by releasing advertisements in newspapers regularly.
The SSP advised the residents not to disclose their personal details like passwords to unknown persons. “City residents can approach the police and the cyber cell which is located in Sector 17 for any assistance,” said the SSP.
The data also reveals that the the criminals use the Internet as a tool for taking revenge. In many cases, the accused were found to be either ex-friends or neighbours who harassed the victims. Out of the 77 cases registered last year, most of the cyber crimes were committed due to personal revenge.
The involvement of students and techies is another disturbing factor. The data shows that in maximum cases techies were involved in the cyber crimes.