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Cyber crime leaves cops far behind

india Updated: Nov 29, 2010 00:45 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times
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The police are groping in the dark in their attempt to crack a case of website hacking subsequent extortion of R10 lakh from a Noida firm proprietor.

Operating from Finland, Divya Verma hacked the website of Okhla-based Triveni Infrastructure and uploaded pornographic material.

On Divya’s instruction, his father, Ganga Verma, allegedly extorted the sum from company proprietor Anil Kumar Sharma, in exchange of the new password.

“On Thursday, Ganga asked for R10 lakh more. He called the company proprietor near Spice Mall in Sector 25. They had a scuffle there and the matter was brought to the notice of Sector 24 police. An FIR has been lodged against the father-son duo,” a police officer said. However, the police don't know how to pursue the case. In Noida, where scores of MNCs and IT firms operate, it's surprising that the police have no cyber cell.

Besides a couple of policemen, the force is not internet-friendly at all. Cases of online fraud, hacking and pornography are “disposed off” mostly by ignorant cops at the Kotwali level. “In the absence of any cyber law training for policemen, it’s not very surprising that they are often averse to the idea of lodging cases pertaining to online crime,” a recent cyber crime victim said preferring anonymity.

Four years ago, a Class 12 student of Noida put objectionable content on Orkut involving a student of another school.

The girl, a trader’s daughter in Delhi, went into depression following the act. Though similar cases were reported from Noida and Ghaziabad, the police could not do much to check such acts in future.

But superintendent of police (city) HN Singh holds a different view on the issue. He said, “There is nothing much we can do for prevention. Internet users have to be more aware. We do act once such cases of online crime are brought to our notice.”

Singh said that the police arrested assistant manager (package) of yatra.com, Maxon Thomas, on October 17 for stealing “objectionable” pictures from his former superintendent’s laptop.

The photographs were mailed back to him with intent of blackmailing.