‘Tough to trace foreign cyber criminals’
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‘Tough to trace foreign cyber criminals’

Gurgaon police says cyber crime on the rise with 823 cases registered in 4 months, finds it difficult to track criminals based abroad.

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Gurgaon’s cyber crime cell is finding it difficult to trace cyber criminals in foreign countries. The police registered 2140 cases in 2015 and solved half of them but the rest are pending as the accused are located in foreign nations.

Ved Prakash Godhara, cyber expert and former DCP of Gurgaon, said, “The biggest headache for the cyber crime cell is to trace accused from foreign nations. They connect with victims through social media like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp and Linkedin. As the headquarters of these websites is situated mostly in USA, it’s difficult to procure information from them. The cyber experts of Gurgaon are helpless in such cases as the head offices of these websites are either not responding to our calls or take too much time to share information. Even though Facebook has its regional office in Bengaluru, but it took over 25 days for them to give information about an accused.”

Moreover, cyber crime is also on the rise as 823 cases have already been registered in the first four months of 2016. According to the police, majority of the cases registered are those of ATM fraud where victims gave away personal information mistakenly either via emails or a telephonic conversation. Other cases include those related to online shopping and stealing of passwords.

The police has also noticed a pattern in the cases of cyber crime. Hawa Singh, CPRO of Gurgaon police, said, “Most cases were reported from new Gurgaon, where residents live in upscale societies or condominiums. They have either provided personal details such as date of birth, one time password, or shared their email ids and passwords with criminals.”

Seema Mathur, a resident of Jal Vayu Tower, Sector 56, shared her personal details on telephone with a representative of an online shopping company. Within two days, she was duped of Rs 1.05 lakh. Her case was registered on the recommendation of the cyber cell three months after the incident occurred.