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Noida: Cyber Police to conduct research on social media and online frauds

Police have asked 1,500 people from various age groups to fill a detailed questionnaire regarding their activity on social media and other websites

noida Updated: May 12, 2017 11:35 IST
Vaibhav Jha
Vaibhav Jha
Hindustan Times
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Tuesday marked one year since the inception of the Centre for Cyber Crime Investigation (CCCI).(Sunil Ghosh/HT File Photo)

To tackle the menace of cyber crime in the city, the Centre for Cyber Crime Investigation (CCCI) is conducting research to understand the internet usage patterns and cases of cyber crime to better train its personnel.

Tuesday marked one year since CCCI’s inception. The Noida police released details of cyber crime in the city, claiming that Noida has been witnessing a surge in such incidents over the last year.

“The world of cyber crime is complex and ever evolving due to the nature of innovation in technology. To investigate such cases, police need efficient hardware, software and other machinery,” said Dinesh Yadav, superintendent of Police (city), who heads the cyber crime cell in Noida.

Police are now conducting multiple surveys to understand the nature of cyber crime.

“We are conducting four studies related to internet-based crime. These works will help us understand the nuances of such crime and suggest improvement in training of our officers. Our onus is to protect the public from online crimes,” Yadav said.

In the first study, police have asked a sample size of 1,500 people from all age groups to fill a detailed questionnaire regarding their activity on social media and other websites.

“We want to understand the trend of internet activity of all age groups and whether they are aware of the security measures on the internet. In maximum cases, we see the victims are gullible and easily share their bank/card details,” Yadav said.

Regarding abuse and trolling on social media, the police are also surveying 400 women who have faced harassment, forgery, cheating and abuse online.

“This will help us formulate the first response of police personnel and ascertain how efficient their first interaction with the victims is,” said Yadav.

Another study currently being conducted by them revolves around prosecutors in such cases. “It is important that officers involved in probing and presenting such cases in the court are better prepared and trained. We will send our recommendations in a month’s time to the UP government, after the four studies are completed,” Yadav said.

First Published: May 10, 2017 00:21 IST