Cyber crimes drop by half between 02-03

By agencies   |   Friday, 29 July 2005, 07:00 Hrs
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NEW DELHI: A total of 808 cyber crimes were registered under the Information Technology (IT) Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the year 2002, while the number went down to almost half at 471 in 2003, according to official sources.

The government has taken several steps to reduce cyber crimes like holding awareness and training program on cyber law, including the use of Cyber Forensics Software packages along with the procedure to collect digital evidence from the scene of the crime, the sources added.

Besides generating awareness among the net users, special training program have also been conducted for the judiciary to train them on the techno-legal aspects of cyber crimes and to enable them to analyze any digital evidence that might be presented to them in the court of law, the sources said.

The Information Technology (IT) Act 2000, aims to provide for the legal framework so that legal sanctity is accorded to all electronic records and other activities carried out by electronic means. It also aims to provide the legal infrastructure for e-commerce in India.

In order to check cyber crimes, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and other police organizations have set up various cyber crime cells to deal with computer crimes like, unauthorized access, data alteration and destruction and theft of intellectual property, the sources said.

In the last two years, the CBI has registered six cyber crime cases in which frauds, causing financial loss to the government and private persons, have been committed, they added.

Three cases have been registered for the fraudulent use of stolen credit card details to purchase Indian Railway tickets from November 2002 to February 2004.

The accused revealed that they had acquired the credit card details through social engineering. The Indian Railways suffered a total loss of Rs 220,000 from these cases and suspects in two of the three cases have been charge-sheeted.

In another instances, two cases on auction fraud were registered in 2003 and one in February this year, where the accused were cheating people by luring them into purchasing electronic items on an auction site.

One case on online trading fraud was registered under section 419 of the IPC and section 66 of the IT Act in which an unknown person had hacked into the complainant's trading account and purchased shares at a very high price and then sold those at a low price.

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