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NCRB data on cyber crime: Neighbours, friends, kin top list of offenders

Disgruntled employees, business competitors, ‘sexual freaks’ among the majority booked in 2014.

Written by Mohamed Thaver | Mumbai |
August 21, 2015 12:18:57 am
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A look at cyber crime data reveals that neighbours, friends, relatives, disgruntled employees, business competitors, and ‘sexual freaks’ formed the majority of people booked or arrested for cyber crime in 2014 in Maharashtra, as per National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The others were from the field of religion and politics, and those with psychological disorders. The trend was similar across India.

ACP Nandkishore More, who headed the Mumbai cyber wing in 2014, said the motive varied. While some were emotional “spur of the moment” responses aimed at causing temporary pain, others were crimes to make money or cause economic loss to rivals.

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Additional DG Himanshu Roy, Joint Commissioner (Crime), who oversaw the cyber wing of Mumbai Police last year too, said, “Because of the anonymity internet affords, it becomes an attractive option for someone to get back at another person. This explains why neighbours, friends and relatives top the list of booked.”

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Cyber expert Vijay Mukhi said, “In fact, cases where family and friends are involved would be higher. A lot of times after the complainant realizes that the person behind the crime is a known person, a compromise is reached and the complaint is withdrawn.”

A total of 100 persons booked/arrested were known to victims as neighbours, friends or relatives in the 942 cases.

Mukhi cited an incident a few years back of a woman who started receiving obscene calls in the middle of the night. She found that someone had put up a post on a social media platform along with her phone number stating that since her husband left at night, she was alone and invited people to call. She approached police, and on investigation, it turned out that it was her neighbour who had put up the advertisement following a fight over a parking spot weeks back.

More said that in most cases, it was a spur of the moment reaction. This, he added, was also why several students featured so prominently in the list. Mukhi said that because of cyber bullying, a fight between them would lead to someone putting up a nasty post against the other on a networking site. A total of 91 students had been booked for cyber crime last year across Maharashtra.

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An officer said that while computer geeks were normally involved in hacking and using their expertise to commit financial frauds, business competitors and disgruntled employees – a category that had 28 FIRs against them — were involved in data theft. Explaining data theft, the officer said there have been cases wherein an employee made away with database of customers of a company and sold it to another company, or used it to get a job. More added that religious people — a catergory with 55 cases — and political people (15 cases) were normally those booked for using the internet to polarize people on religious or political grounds.

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First published on: 21-08-2015 at 12:18:57 am

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