Following DGP’s directives, over 150 cops from 75 districts were briefed on different topics, including digital forensics, legal provisions of cyber crime investigations, investigations of economic cyber crimes, e-mail related crime and its investigation and crimes related to social networking & its investigations.
These cops were directed by the experts to inform people about ‘do’s and don’ts’ to check e-frauds. The experts termed precautions and awareness as the two best tools to deal with the prevailing scenario.
SP, crime, AK Pandey said, “Three cops, including a sub-inspector, from the district attended the workshop where they were briefed about ways to solve cyber crime and e-frauds.” Pandey further added “district cyber cell has already drafted a series of ‘do’s and don’ts’ for online transactions.” Besides, the police have appealed to internet users to be cautious and take precautionary measures against e-frauds.
Between January and August 31, the cyber cell had nabbed 14 criminals, including three software engineers, on charges of online shopping fraud and hacking.
Cyber crime investigating officer of district cyber cell sub-inspector Gyanendra Kumar Rai said “during the workshop, we were taught about digital forensics as a tool to collect evidence against persons involved in e-fraud. Experts from Delhi apprised us of legal provisions of cyber crime investigation.”
Cautioning people against acting on mails or SMSes announcing that the receiver had won a cash prize through a lottery, he said “credentials must be verified before taking any further step.”
The police have advised net users to exercise caution while responding to mails, SMS, or calls that pretend to have originated from actual domains like banks, Income Tax Department etc. The net-users have also been cautioned against putting up personal information on social networking websites as Facebook, Orkut, or Twitter. “Use personal computer for online transactions (e-Banking, e-ticking, e-recharge etc),” they said.
Rai further said that latest version of total security (Antivirus & Firewall) were essential for safe net usage and suggested that strong and different passwords be used for different accounts.
Cautioning against social engineering attacks, he said that such attacks could bypass any security mechanism he said that people should avoid opening any mail that seem to be malicious. Moroever, one must not open any file or attachments unless and until one trusts the source, he added.
In 2012, four cases of cyber fraud were registered under the IT Act. Three cases have been registered between January and August 31, this year.
“If you receive malicious-looking mail or SMS, verify facts and documents before responding, otherwise you may lose your money. The cops have mooted the proposal of educating citizens about the nature of cyber crimes and the precautions needed to avoid falling prey to online fraudsters,” he added.
Sleuths of the cyber cell said, “We have been taking awareness measures because most of frauds on internet take place due to lack of it.”
A cyber fraud is where the computer system is tampered with but sending a lottery mail to somebody does not amount to tampering and hence is not covered under the IT Act. It is only punishable under IPC, said the officials.