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Victim of a cyber crime? Report it

While most of the city’s Internet users are aware of the need to protect confidential data on their personal computers, 79 per cent still don’t know where to report a cyber crime.

mumbai Updated: May 26, 2010 02:27 IST
HT Correspondent

While most of the city’s Internet users are aware of the need to protect confidential data on their personal computers, 79 per cent still don’t know where to report a cyber crime.

These are some of the findings of the KPMG report released on the security of home wireless networks in the city. The corporate consultancy firm is the knowledge partner in Cyber Safety Week 2010, an initiative launched by the Mumbai Police on Monday.

At an interaction at the Indian Merchants Chamber, Churchgate, panelists including Commissioner of Police D Sivanandan and Vijay Mukhi, Chairman of IT Committee, IMC, stressed the need for Mumbaiites to be aware of the forms of cyber crime, and

whom to approach if the information they provide online is misused. Sivanandan talked about the website www.copconnect.in, where users can report cases.

“Most of the cases go unreported due to lack of awareness and fear of loss of public image,” said Pratap Reddy, Director of Cyber Security, NASSCOM.

It was also found that 62 per cent parents do not monitor their children’s online activities.

“You can afford to leave children out in the open; do not leave them alone on the Internet,” said Mukhi.

At another event, the students and faculty of the DJ Sanghvi College of Engineering, Vile Parle, learnt about steganography (encrypted malware in images), email spoofing, phishing and credit card fraud.

Interactive kiosks have been set up at Phoenix Mills, Lower Parel, where you can play a cyber security snakes and ladders game. This will help you find out whom to contact and how, in case you are a victim of a cyber crime.