Cyber crime leaves cops far behind
Date of Publishing:29/11/2010
the dark in their attempt to crack a case of website hacking subsequent extortion of R10 lakh from a Noida firm proprietor.
Operating from Finland, Divya Verma hacked the website of Okhla-based Triveni Infrastructure and uploaded pornographic material.
On Divya's instruction, his father, Ganga Verma, allegedly extorted the sum from company proprietor Anil Kumar Sharma, in exchange of the new password.
"On Thursday, Ganga asked for R10 lakh more. He called the company proprietor near Spice Mall in Sector 25. They had a scuffle there and the matter was brought to the notice of Sector 24 police. An FIR has been lodged against the fatherson duo," a police officer said. However, the police don't know how to pursue the case.
In Noida, where scores of MNCs and IT firms operate, it's surprising that the police have no cyber cell.
Besides a couple of policemen, the force is not internetfriendly at all. Cases of online fraud, hacking and pornography are “disposed off“ mostly by ignorant cops at the Kotwali level. “In the absence of any cyber law training for policemen, it's not very surprising that they are often averse to the idea of lodging cases pertaining to online crime,“ a recent cyber crime victim said preferring anonymity.
Four years ago, a Class 12 student of Noida put objectionable content on Orkut involving a student of another school.
The girl, a trader's daughter in Delhi, went into depression following the act. Though similar cases were reported from Noida and Ghaziabad, the police could not do much to check such acts in future.
But superintendent of police (city) HN Singh holds a different view on the issue. He said, "There is nothing much we can do for prevention. Internet users have to be more aware. We do act once such cases of online crime are brought to our notice."
Singh said that the police arrested assistant manager (package) of yatra.com, Maxon Thomas, on October 17 for stealing "objectionable" pictures from his former superintendent's laptop.
The photographs were mailed back to him with intent of blackmailing. RACING WITH TECHNOLOGY Nov 25 Operating from Finland, a man hacks the website of an Okhla-based company and uploads pornographic material to extort R10 lakh from the firm's proprietor Oct 17 Police arrest an executive of yatra.com for stealing "objectionable" pictures from his former boss' laptop and mailing them back to him with intent of blackmailing Oct 5 Police arrest an engineer for posting lewd messages on his wife's profile on Orkut. He did so to harass and distract his wife and win the custody battle for their two-year-old son Dec 2009 Malad police in Mumbai arrest a software engineer of an IT firm in Noida for sending lewd and threatening text messages to political leaders. He did so implicate two girls he met on the Internet Oct 2008 A Noida-based businessman report loss of R1.6 crore from his bank account
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