FIGHT­ING ON­LINE CRIM­I­NALS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI -

SHORT­AGE OF MAN­POWER IN CY­BER CELL

In Au­gust this year, the Navi Mum­bai po­lice in­creased the strength of its cy­ber cell by 45%. As of now, the cell has a to­tal of 17 of­fi­cials - one in­spec­tor, one sub in­spec­tor, one as­sis­tant in­spec­tor and four­teen con­sta­bles.

Of­fi­cials from the cy­ber cell, how­ever, said they were lag­ging be­hind in man­power de­spite the ex­pan­sion. A to­tal of 17 of­fi­cials is not suf­fi­cient to tackle crimes such as phish­ing, vish­ing, bank fraud, lottery fraud, email hack­ing and on­line cheating, they said.

Till Novem­ber this year, 748 cases of cy­ber­crime were reg­is­tered in Mum­bai and last year’s fig­ure was 524. The ‘vish­ing calls’ have be­come a headache for the po­lice as un­sus­pect­ing peo­ple fall prey to fake bank of­fi­cials.

“Th­ese days, most crimes in­volve use of tech­nol­ogy as crim­i­nals use mo­bile phones and in­ter­net too. We have had to adapt to new tech­nol­ogy to crack cases.” PRAB­HAT RAN­JAN, po­lice com­mis­sioner

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