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Don't wanna be a cyber crime victim? Read this

Posted: Apr 21, 2017     By City Spidey

Gurgaon has witnessed a surge in cyber-crime cases post demonetisation. The police has filed 128 cases this year so far, as compared to 92 last year in the same tenure.

There has been a 70 per cent increase in online payments post demonetisation, thereby making people more vulnerable to cyber attacks, said Rakshit Tandon, consultant at the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and a cyber security expert, during an awareness programme at a private university on April 20.

Tandon claimed that the increase in digital and online payments had resulted in 35 lakh debit cards being hacked. In 75 per cent of the cases in India, hackers used social media to commit the crime. A typical cyber crime involves using social media accounts to gather personal information or to create fake profiles.

“One should be very careful about sharing any personal information with anyone," said Tandon. "One's contact number is the only identity today - not Aadhar, PAN or voter ID card."

He gave a presentation on cyber security at a three-hour session at The Northcap University, Palam Vihar, to spread awareness among students.

Tandon, who helps Gurgaon police in cyber crime cases, said the contact number is extremely important for a person, as it is used almost everywhere, as the OTP (One Time Password) for verification is sent  on one's registered mobile number - be it while making online transactions, or while using Facebook, WhatsApp, Paytm or any other application.

“The fraudster obtains details of the customer’s account through data available with the bank employee or any other source. He then calls the victim posing as a bank employee and asks for the card or account details including the OTP. Later, he uses the password to transfer money to his account. The money is then transferred to online money wallets,” said Tandon, adding that only minimum personal information should be shared on public and private profiles.

“We want people to be aware of not sharing digital details with any unauthorised person. Tracing and tracking cyber frauds is an uphill task,” said an official of Gurgaon police’s cyber crime cell.

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