Information Security Conference
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.