In the years to come, every crime will be committed with the help of a computer. Criminals will no longer need to be present at the scene of crime or use a physical weapon. They won’t even have to go to a bank to rob it. This is how D Sivanandhan, former director general of police, began his workshop on cybercrime awareness, conducted on Sunday as part of the HT Kala Ghoda Arts Festival.
The interactive workshop saw Sivanandhan answer a steady stream of questions on cyber crimes such as phishing, cyber stalking and credit card fraud, also offering the attendees tips on cyber safety.
“You have to think of it like guerilla warfare,” he said. “These criminals have the advantage of anonymity. They are constantly innovating and altering their modus operandi. They sometime have government support too.”
Studies suggest that by 2030, conventional crime will be on the wane and cybercrime will be the biggest menace,
Sivanandhan said. “But in my opinion, the way computer science and technology are developing, we will reach that stage by the year 2020. Today, criminals are often the first to adopt new technology.”
“The workshop was very informative and it answered many of my queries about the latest instances of cyber crime affecting common people,” said Jitesh Sanghvi, a college student who attended the workshop. “In a time when almost everyone has a smartphone, we don’t know enough about the potential threat from cyber criminals.”
Some of the tips where: make your password as difficult as possible, don’t fall for jackpot/lottery e-mails, avoid uploading private content on internet, and in case you fall prey to cyber-crimes, report the matter in the first one hour after the crime
Another interactive workshop on Sunday was fashion designer Nachiket Barve’s talk on his journey, creative influences and how high fashion can be modified for everyday use.
In an interactive session with an audience that included a number of fashion students, he discussed changing fashion trends and touched upon aspects of creativity and marketing in the world of fashion, enthusiastically responding to questions posed by the young audience.