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GROWTH : Cyber crime cases rise 230 times in 5 years in Pune

GROWTH : Cyber crime cases rise 230 times in 5 years in Pune

01 July 2009



The number of people coming forward with cyber crime complaints is on a significant rise. “In a year after the cyber cell of Pune police was started in July 2003 we had received only nine complaints of cyber crime. There is a manifold rise as in the year 2008, we have received 2007 cyber crime complaints,” said Deputy Commissioner of Police (cyber cell) Rajendra Dahale, during the opening ceremony of ‘Cop Tech”‘forum at Pune police commissionerate on Tuesday.

The “Cop Tech” forum is an initiative of Pune police, NASSCOM and Data Security Council of India (DSCI) to increase sharing of ideas and knowledge on cyber security, for making Pune a cyber safe city. Making a mention of the cyber crime cases like derogatory content about Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj on orkut and film star Amol Palekar’s credit card case, Dahale said that, “Pune police is doing good in tackling cyber crimes. We have trained many policemen at the cyber lab at Shivajinagar police headquarters. Through “Cop Tech” forum, we expect the IT industry and Pune police will share more knowledge and ideas on cyber safety. Members of ‘Cop Tech’ forum and police would be holding quarterly meeting for the purpose.”

Police commissioner Satyapal Singh then signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with NASSCOM, while launching the “Cop Tech” forum.

Pratap Reddy, an IPS officer who an advisor (cyber security) to NASSCOM said that this was the first MoU of its kind in the country. “Partnership between the police and industry is appreciated,” Reddy said. While Singh said that police would like to learn fast and more from on cyber security through the “Cop Tech” forum. Singh suggested that meetings of ‘Cop Tech’ forum members and police should be held every month. “Making the society cyber safe is a challenge. We would like to learn more on cyber safety. There is no time to waste,” Singh said. Rajiv Vaishnav, vice president of NASSCOM and Anand Deshpande, founder and managing director of Persistent Systems Ltd also spoke.

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