Cyber crime in the city shows upward trend
Sources : Times News Network
Date of Publishing:15/7/2010
Pune: Increased internet transactions have led to a rise in cyber crime in the city. Till June this year, 240 cases have been registered with the cyber cell of the police as against 281 cases registered during the whole of 2009.
These facts were presented by deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Rajendra Dahale at the launch of a cyber awareness programme on Wednesday. Dahale added that in 2006 there were just 79 complaints lodged at the cyber cell.
The awareness programme was held by the city police’s Coptech and the Rotary Club of Gandhi Bhavan at Abasaheb Garware College. City police commissioner Satya Pal Singh was the chief guest.
"The main cause of rising cyber crime is increased use of credit cards, net banking and other transactions through the internet," said Dahale.
He spoke of the cyber crime scam known as Nigerian fraud that comprises the sending of emails or SMSes regarding the winning of a lottery or money and then fraudulently asking for various amounts of money from persons who respond to such mails.
Satya Pal Singh spoke on the topic,'How cyber safe is the young generation?' He said that the number of websites used by terrorists has gone up to over 1,000 in 2010 as compared to a mere 18 in 2000. He urged students to be more aware of cyber crime and to take precautions against falling victim to cyber scams.
Spamming, hacking, online banking frauds, pornography, defamation-related online activities, economic offences and the like, are cyber offences that need serious attention, he said.
Insisting on safe and lawful use of internet, he added, "Remaining alert is our religion and making others aware is our mission. The use of internet can be compared to using the expressway. We can reach our destination faster if we use the expressway but may meet an accident if we break traffic rules and speed limits. Similarly, we can enhance our knowledge by effective use of the internet but may also encourage crimes if we use it for illegal works."
Also present on the occasion were API Sanjay Tungar and Sangita Shinde Alphonso, police inspector of cyber cell, Pune police, along with IT expert Deepak Shikarpur. Copies of a booklet on cyber security and legal awareness prepared by cyber lawyer, Vaishali Bhagwat, were distributed among the students.
"This lecture series is meant to be an awareness programme for college students as they are most vulnerable to cyber crimes. But repercussions of such crimes are huge. Some students often bear the brunt of cyber crimes and don’t know how to deal with them," said Bhagwat. She also gave important tips on safe internet use, including checking authenticity of a website before doing online transactions, copyright infringement, use of licensed software and avoiding illegal downloads.
The lecture series is a yearlong activity that will cover 12 colleges. The next programme in the series will be conducted in August at the Fergusson College.
Deputy commissioner of police Rajendra Dahale of the cyber crime cell (left) and police commissioner Satya Pal Singh at the inaugural lecture of the cyber awareness series at Abasaheb Garware College on Wednesday
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