In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence

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The un­will­ing­ness of cy­ber crime vic­tims to pur­sue cases is the ma­jor hur­dle in the way of in­ves­ti­ga­tions and ac­tion against hack­ers and crim­i­nals in the coun­try.

This was stated by Am­mar Jaf­fery, Pres­i­dent, Pak­istan In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion (PISA) and for­mer Ad­di­tional Di­rec­tor Gen­eral, FIA, while speak­ing at the “In­for­ma­tion Se­cu­rity Con­fer­ence” via Skype at CON­NECT 2012.

He said that dur­ing 2011 as many as 200 cases were re­ported by way of cy­ber crimes, in­clud­ing hack­ing of web­sites, trac­ing of emails, fraud through In­ter­net and mo­bile phones.

Jaf­fery said that cy­ber crime is on the rise, caus­ing colos­sal dam­age to the vic­tim com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als in the coun­try. He ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion over the FIA re­viv­ing the Cy­ber Se­cu­rity Task Force to deal with com­put­er­based crimes. “Use of foren­sics sci­ence sys­tem can help a lot in ef­fec­tively de­tect­ing and curb­ing cy­ber crime,” he said.

Quot­ing Google, he said Pak­istan is among those three coun­tries in the world that are shy of us­ing In­ter­net for trad­ing ac­tiv­i­ties while 190 other coun­tries in the world are us­ing it.

Dr. Saad Za­far, Dean of the Fac­ulty of Com­put­ing, Riphah In­ter­na­tional Univer­sity, while pre­sent­ing his pa­per on “Bot­nets” said that 5.5 bil­lion hack­ing at­tacks were blocked around the globe dur­ing 2011. He said 4,595 web at­tacks were blocked per day with the help of var­i­ous de­vices while an es­ti­mated 42 bil­lion global spams per day were han­dled last year.

He said 232 mil­lion iden­ti­ties were stolen dur­ing 2011 while the in­ci­dents of ma­li­cious at­tacks surged up by 81 per­cent dur­ing the year.

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