As part of the state government’s “Cyber Maharashtra Project, the Pune city police has set up a modern cyber lab on the premises of Shivajinagar police headquarters. The modern cyber lab will be inaugurated by district Guardian Minister Girish Bapat on August 15, Independence Day.
The modern cyber lab will have advanced software and equipment along with modern cyber investigation tools for tackling cyber crimes, which are on a significant rise. The cyber crime cell of the city police will look after the operations and activities at the lab. The police believe that modern equipment would help them in tracing the criminals quicker than before.
According to figures obtained from Pune Police, between January 1 and July 31, 2016, the cyber cell has received as many as 435 complaints related to cyber fraud, which include 201 cases of credit and debit card fraud, 127 cases of illegal online transactions, 40 cases of net banking fraud, 36 cases of online job racket, 16 cases of online lottery scams, nine cases of bank loan related fraud and six cases of matrimonial frauds
In the same time span, the cyber cell has received 198 cases related to Facebook. It includes 120 cases of fake profiles, 49 cases of defamation and 29 cases of obscene comments. Also, there are four cases related to Twitter, including three of defamation and one of obscene comment.
Besides, there are 90 cases of hacking or tampering of source code, 69 cases of uploading obscene content on mobile phones, nine cases of circulation of derogatory messages, seven cases of circulation of defamatory messages, 22 cases of data theft and 50 complaints of other cyber crimes.