Cy­ber­crime against women on the rise

MON­E­TARY GAIN, DEFAMA­TION, STALK­ING ARE PRIME MO­TIVES

The Free Press Journal - - MUMBAI - PRIYANKA NAVALKAR

Women are in­creas­ingly be­com­ing a tar­get of cy­ber­crim­i­nals. Sto­ries of women meet­ing men on so­cial me­dia sites, strik­ing up a friend­ship with the man hold­ing out the prom­ise of mar­riage and then dup­ing the wo­man of her money are le­gion. Af­ter cy­ber­crime for mon­e­tary gains, stalk­ing and defama­tion are next on the list.

Cy­ber­crimes are car­ried out gen­er­ally through fake IDs on Face­book, Twit­ter and other so­cial me­dia plat­forms. Women are as­sailed by black­mail, bul­ly­ing, cy­ber­stalk­ing, cheat­ing and ob­scene mes­sages on so­cial net­work­ing plat­forms. Cy­ber­crim­i­nals carry out these acts with ul­te­rior mo­tives such as il­le­gal gain, re­venge, in­sult to the mod­esty of a wo­man, ex­tor­tion, black­mail, sex­ual ex­ploita­tion, defama­tion, in­cite hate against a com­mu­nity, the wicked sat­is­fac­tion of gain­ing con­trol and to steal in­for­ma­tion, said a po­lice of­fi­cial.

A se­nior cy­ber po­lice of­fi­cial says, "Since cy­berspace is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble, dy­namic and with­out bor­ders, one has the lib­erty to post con­tent anony­mously. Most times, peo­ple take ad­van­tage of this fact to com­mit of­fences.”

Ac­cord­ing to data from the Na­tional Crime Records Bu­reau (NCRB), in 30 per cent of cases, the ac­cused in cy­ber­crimes against women are known to them. Vishal Thakur, deputy com­mis­sioner of po­lice (cy­ber) says one should al­ways have strong pass­words and not share it with any­one. “In this new tech­no­log­i­cal age, an an­tivirus pro­gramme has be­come a ne­ces­sity, to keep from fall­ing into any trap. Hav­ing a mo­bile phone or a tablet with­out a se­cu­rity sys­tem in place is like sit­ting in a house with the doors un­locked.”

The most com­mon forms of cy­ber­crimes against women in­clude trolling, abus­ing, threat­en­ing, stalk­ing, voyeurism, body-sham­ing, de­fam­ing, sur­veil­lance, re­venge porn and other forms of in­de­cent rep­re­sen­ta­tion of women.

Re­cently, Versova Po­lice ar­rested a cy­berex­tor­tion­ist, who had al­legedly hacked the so­cial me­dia ac­counts of model and Miss In­dia 2011 fi­nal­ist Ar­isha Jain, 25, and later asked for a ran­som for Rs 1 lakh. The ac­cused, iden­ti­fied as Chan­dra Prakash Joshi, was picked up by po­lice from Andhra Pradesh and he is be­lieved to have duped many oth­ers with a sim­i­lar modus operandi.

Re­cently, Versova Po­lice ar­rested a cy­berex­tor­tion­ist, who had al­legedly hacked the so­cial me­dia ac­counts of model and Miss In­dia 2011 fi­nal­ist Ar­isha Jain, 25, and later asked for a ran­som for Rs 1 lakh

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