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Cyber crime graph soars

Date: April 21, 2008

Cuttack, April 20: In the past four years in Orissa only 30 cases of web abuse have been reported, however, if cyber crime officers are to be believed, such cases are on the rise.

In the past year, 15 cases of web abuse were reported in the state. Officers stress that the number of actual cases is higher and that very few people lodge complaints.

Though records of cases handled by cyber police were not readily available, police conceded that they have played “a key role” in unearthing digital evidence that helped crack an email threat to the state government.

Since October 2006 the cyber police station has been extending support and expertise to the state police to solve cyber crimes, including those related to credit card fraud and pornography.

Recently, the station helped Berhampur police track down an IT student who had uploaded video clips of his former girlfriend and himself in compromising positions on two popular sites. The cyber cell helped the police track down the culprit to the Premnagar area of Berhampur.

Police officers said cyber crimes were on the rise because of the rise in the number of computer users. But, tracking down cases was becoming tough, as cyber cafes often did not follow mandatory norm of record maintenance.

Director-general of police G.C. Nanda while talking to the media recently assured that cyber police station would soon be upgraded with advanced cyber forensic software in view of the increasing trend.

“Regular training programmes are on to educate designated investigating officers and equip them with the necessary skills to track down cyber crime perpetrators,” Nanda added.

This Friday, Orissa police organised a workshop on cyber crime that was attended by 30 officers, along with a large number of computer professionals.

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