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Policing the cyber world

Policing the cyber world
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First Published: Thu, Apr 17 2008. 11 58 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Apr 17 2008. 11 58 AM IST
By PTI
Kolkata: As the number of cases of obscene emails, credit card fraud, indentity theft, stalking at social networking sites and bogus online lotteries have swelled, the cyber crime cell of Kolkata Police has an enormous amount of work on its hands in the virtual world of the internet.
While 30 complaints were received each month, four to five could actually be followed up as real cases of cybercrime, Ashim Kar Choudhury, in charge of the cyber cell, told PTI.
“Cybercrime is a crime committed primarily through internet contact and includes credit card fraud, identity theft, child pornography, indecent chat-room behavior, e-mail fraud, threat and hacking of sites,” he said.
After a man recently lost Rs5.5 lakh to a bogus online lottery, the cyber cell successfully tracked the internet service protocol of the sender even though the gang sent mail from different e-mail addresses, Sanjoy Roy, an officer of the cell, said.
“We have managed to arrest a key woman member of the gang from Delhi, but the other masterminds, all Nigerians, are absconding,” he said.
“A software engineer of an MNC was caught after sending obscene mails to women employees of an NGO in 2006, while another executive was chargesheeted for posting morphed nude pictures of women in early 2007. Both are out in bail now,” he said.
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First Published: Thu, Apr 17 2008. 11 58 AM IST