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Cyber crimes bring big business for detectives

Private detectives and investigation agencies in Gurgaon are doing roaring business, thanks to rising cyber crimes.

india Updated: Sep 10, 2006 03:52 IST

Private detectives and investigation agencies in Gurgaon are doing roaring business, thanks to rising cyber crimes, coupled with IT companies’ reluctance to approach state police because of their poor expertise and infrastructure.

The cyber crime police station that Haryana chief minister B.S. Hooda had promised to set up in Gurgaon when the Karan Bahree case had hit the headlines in June last year  remains a distant dream.

The alleged selling of confidential data by Karan Bahre to a UK scribe continues to be a mystery.

However, Haryana police claim that since only three cases of cyber crimes were reported in the past 14 months, there is no need for panic.

“This is not true. The number of cyber crimes happening in IT and ITeS companies in Gurgaon, Noida, Bangalore and Hydrabad are on the rise. About 99 per cent of the cases are not reported to police as MNCs prefer to settle the cases in-house for the fear of negative publicity. These companies take the help of the private detective and investigative agencies,” said secretary-general of Association of Private Detectives of India (APDI), Ravee.

Private detective and investigation firms such as Lancers Network Limited (NLN) have set up dedicated Cyber Security Wings for addressing the rising problems of cyber crimes.

“We have not only set a dedicated cyber security wing to address the rising problem of cyber crimes, but also hired experts from Australia. We have witnessed a rapid increase in the cyber crimes, particularly in Gurgaon, followed by other IT hubs such as Hyderabad and Bangalore,” said K. Vikram Singh, NLN’s managing-director and president of Association of Private Detectives of India.

According to the officials of the private detective agencies, cyber crime cases such as employees selling confidential data, marketing strategies, salary and payroll database to the rival companies, siphoning of the company money and sending obscene and anonymous mails are being reported in large numbers.

IT firms seldom report cases such as the Karan Bahree case — when the allegedly sold confidential banking data of UK nationals to a foreign journalists — are reported to the police.

“Most of the MNCs prefer to settle their score in-house without the matter being reported to the police. We take up such assignments, solve these cases and produce documentary evidences to establish the responsibility of the culprit. Such companies take internal action against the errant employees, asking him/her to pay for the losses. Such employees are generally sacked but are not handed over to the police for filing formal registration of the criminal cases as it gives the company a bad name in the business world because of the following media reports,” said K. Vikram Singh.

Deepak Kapoor, the spokesperson for Call Centers Association of India (CCAI), said companies did not trust the police.

“Besides, the fear of a bad name, the affected companies prefer to go to private detectives because the state police neither have the expertise nor the will and time for such incidents,” Kapoor added.

Gurgaon SSP Hanif Qureshi denied that the cyber crime incidents were on the rise in Gurgaon.
He said that just three cases were reported in last 14 months in Gurgaon.
“For addressing such problems, we have set up a cyber crime cell in Gurgaon,” he said.