With the increase in human dependency upon technology, IT gadgets have made inroads in almost every nook and corner of modern life.
As the Millennium city gets more modern and contemporary each day, the playing field of cyber criminals also gets broader.
As many as 290 cases of cyber crime have been registered with the Gurgaon police in just the first five months of this year, which is a considerable increase from 380, 326 and 242 in 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively.
If cyber crime cases continue to be reported at this pace, the figure is likely to cross 500 during the current year.
Dubbed as the heartland of India’s outsourcing business, Gurgaon is a nerve centre of crucial cyber data of thousands of MNCs and millions of people worldwide.
This makes the city’s cyber space even more vulnerable to perpetrators of online crime.
In this backdrop, the incredibly low number of convictions in cyber crime cases shows that the police and administration are still not well-equipped to crack such cases effectively.
Adding fuel to the fire, a recent report by anti-virus giant Symantec says that phishing—one of the worst cyber crimes—is on the rise in India.
The numbers suggest that one in 466.3 emails is some kind of phishing attack.
And, amid the current social networking boom in India, users on sites such as Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming plump targets for those looking to extract personal data fraudulently.
“Phishing is essentially an online con game through which phishers try to acquire a netizen’s personal credentials. With the rise of social media in India, people have started exploiting this platform,” says Ritesh Chopra, country sales manager, Norton by Symantec, a company that specialises in computer security software.
Chopra adds that such attackers are experimenting with different fake social media applications to lure users using spam, malicious websites, emails and instant messages and trick them into divulging sensitive information, such as bank and credit card details.
Gurgaon netizens feel it is high time the police got their act together and confronted the crafty operators in their own game.
From impersonation on social networking sites to hacking, identity theft, online banking fraud, data theft, pornography and lottery fraud - the net of cyber criminals are spread far and wide and the police department, thankfully, is also looking at newer ways to bring the goons to book.