Thane police struggle to fight rising number of cyber crimes

In 2014, however, the detection rate took a nosedive, with 207 cases registered and 23 detected.

Written by Srinath Raghvendra Rao | Mumbai | Published: March 10, 2015 1:13:04 am

The Cyber Crime Investigation Cell of the Thane Police detected a mere 10 per cent of all cases registered in 2014, with no breakthroughs in the FIRs registered during the last three months.Data obtained from the Thane Police shows that its cyber cell detected 41 of the 85 cases registered under the Information Technology Act in 2012, making 55 arrests in the process.

The following year, 2013, the cell registered 58 cases, detected 17 and arrested 24 persons.

In 2014, however, the detection rate took a nosedive, with 207 cases registered and 23 detected.

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A total of 27 arrests were made, of which, 18 were aged between 19 and 30 years, the police said. April 2014 was the cyber cell’s best month, with 13 cases registered, six detected and four arrests made.

Inspector Sanju John, who heads the cyber cell, said that there were a number of factors to explain the detection rate. “A major hurdle is that the servers of e-mail service providers like Gmail are not located in India. When we write seeking details of suspect account-holders, we do not receive any response,” he said.

John added that in many cases, arrests were not possible even after the Internet Protocol addresses of the perpetrators of the crimes had been identified.

“The accused in many crimes live in countries with which India does not either have friendly ties or an extradition treaty. Perpetrators of cyber crimes have also been using sophisticated software to mask their IP addresses. This makes it difficult to find the exact location of the accused,” John added.

Banking fraud comprises a majority of cases registered by the Thane cyber cell in 2014. “Last year, we received many complaints of money being siphoned off from bank accounts by callers posing to be representatives of banks. They dupe their victims into parting with their details of debit or credit cards. Over the years, there has been a huge increase in these cases,” he said.

“450 calls were made to residents of Thane in 2014 to commit banking fraud. All of these were made using SIM cards registered in Bihar and Jharkhand,” John said.

srinath.rao@expressindia.com

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