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Cyber crime on the rise

Date: February 12, 2008

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Police will have to take a lesson or two in handling virtual crime sooner than it thinks it should. The IT-propelled e-revolution in Punjab has brought along with it cyber criminals with specializations ranging from online frauds to hacking.

Data provided by Punjab Police makes it amply clear that cyber-thugs are here to stay and their crimes, in fact, are on the rise in Punjab.

According to data, Punjab Police has registered over 150 cases of cyber crime under the IT Act, 2000 and various sections of IPC in the last eight years. And most of these cases were reported to the police in the last two years. While a total 16 cases of online fraud were registered, 45 other cases of electronic cheating have come to light since 2000.

Cases of providing false electronic evidence, obtaining fake digital signatures, tampering with computer files and even hacking have been registered by Punjab Police.

A total of 42 cases of producing fake currency and stamps using electronic means also came to light.

Along with online frauds, what really is bothering Punjab Police is the problem of obscene MMSes.
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