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‘Aadhaar linking is latest arsenal for cybercrime fraudsters’

As India shifts to a cashless economy, cyber threats are at a new high with the number of incidents occurring in banking systems increasing in the last few years. Data released by the Pune Police clearly mentions that increasing cyber fraud in the city has created an extra burden for the police force. Hindustan Times spoke to Rohan Nyayadhish, director of Digital Task Force, Cyber Crime Helpline.

pune Updated: Oct 30, 2017 18:44 IST
Shrinivas Deshpande
Shrinivas Deshpande
Hindustan Times, Pune
Rohan Nyayadhish, director of Digital Task Force, Cyber Crime Helpline.
Rohan Nyayadhish, director of Digital Task Force, Cyber Crime Helpline. (HT PHOTO)

As a cybercrime expert, why do you think that there is an increase in the number of cyber frauds? 

We all are living in a cyber world. Internet is a two-edged weapon, it depends on how you use it. Inappropriate use of internet creates opportunity for miscreants to commit fraud. 

According to data released by the Pune police, there are new trends in cybercrime. Can you please elaborate on these trends?

There are new trends in cybercrime. Criminals are now not using traditional ways, they use modern technology. According to me, there are three types of crime which are trending. First is money transfer using card credentials, second is GST-ITR filing fraud and third and most trending is Aadhaar card linking fraud. In the third type of fraud, criminals are mostly targeting people in the old age group. 

Can you please explain the Aadhaar card linking fraud? 

In this type of fraud, people receive a call from a fake bank employee. These fake employees collect your bank account details saying that they will link your Aadhaar number to the bank account. In such type of fraud, there is theft of information of your cards. This information is then used to make online transactions. Those on the other side lure them and collect details about the ATM card numbers, passwords and bank account details. The fraudsters threaten people by saying that their cards would be deactivated in case they do not cooperate. 

Pune police claimed that they had recovered ₹60 lakh, do you think it is enough? 

If this figure of recovered amount is compared to the figure of the number of cases registered, then it is a disappointment. The conviction rate in cybercrime related cases is also very less. It becomes difficult for cops to deal with such cases, if they do not have technical training. I have conducted many lectures and seminars for the police force and I feel that many police personnel still require training. Transfer issue, lack of interest, lack of technical background, infrastructure issues are some of the problems faced by the cops. 

Do you have any suggestion for these problems? 

According to me, there is large scale change in the recruitment process of the police force. Along with other criteria, there should be technical criteria too during recruitment because cybercrime is not only related to ‘Cyber Police Branch’. Every cop should be able to investigate cybercrime. Also, the government should not transfer any cop having expertise in cybercrime to other divisions, otherwise there will be a loss of his expertise. 

What do you want to appeal to our readers? 

Please be aware and do not share your bank details in any circumstance. I especially request old people to be aware. Also keep your system updated. Do not open any unknown mail.

First Published: Oct 30, 2017 18:42 IST

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