NE tops in cyber crime victims
Kohima, Sep. 16 (EMN): With the internet users from Northeast region higher than the rest of the country, the corresponding number of victims falling prey to cyber crimes also topped the list. This was stated by Limasenla Longkumer, trainer and legal aid counsel of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA), while speaking at a seminar on cybercrime at Kohima today.
Longkumer informed that victims of cyber crimes were higher from the Northeast region because ‘we are an ignorant society.’ She also highlighted in the brief on the Information Technology Act 2000 which was further amended in 2008, and the legal implications of cyber related crimes.
The first ever case of cyber crime in the state was reported in the year 2011 where a Naga girl fell victim of incriminate pictures posted by her so-called boyfriend. Luckily for her, with the dedication of the law enforcement agency, especially the cyber crime branch the accused was awarded befitting punishment.
Since then, cyber crimes in the state is reportedly growing over the years as the advancement of technology and internet has consumed our every activity as it has given easy access to everything at a click of a button.
Stating that cyber crime has no jurisdiction and no limitation and can be committed from any parts of the country, she advised the users to be cautious and take precautionary measures while using the internet.
Explaining that cyber crime is a global criminal network, Longkumer said hackers behind the computer are increasing who are very qualified programmers and have ways and means to decrypt anything and everything.
Noting that many people are fond of updating their every activity and location in social media like facebook, twitter, instagram etc, she warned that this gives lots of opportunities for kidnapping, trafficking etc.
Social networking, online shopping, storing data, online gaming etc, she said are sources through which hackers and fraudsters can get the required information of a person resulting to crimes like frauds, cyber bullying, phishing etc. ‘Using high-tech facilities comes with lots of price,’ she added.
While informing that the central government has noticed for setting up of cyber crime branch in all the districts, Longkumer maintained that the citizens should insist on setting up the same in all the districts, as there is only one cyber branch in Kohima.
Also observing the insufficient manpower and fewer experts in the cyber crime branch, she insisted on strengthening the cyber crime branch as cyber crimes are increasing and hackers are using more sophisticated software.
Longkumer also suggested on intensive training for the law enforcing agencies to tackle these issues and update themselves every now and then.
Educating the participants on the dos and dont’s when filing FIR relating to cyber crime of any nature, Longkumer said victims should insist on both Information Technology Act 2008 and Indian Penal Code when filing FIR.