Police to tie up with telcos to detect mobile hacking, stop money transfers

  • | Saturday | 2nd December, 2023

Gurgaon: With cyber criminals staying several steps ahead of law enforcement and swindling crores of rupees from people every day, Haryana Police will try a more proactive strategy by collaborating with telecom companies.Police chief Shatrujeet Kapoor said on Friday the initiative will begin in Gurgaon, with the city police and Airtel working together for quick interventions.This will initially be limited to crimes involving hacking of mobile devices.The decision was taken after DGP Kapoor held a review meeting with Gurgaon police chief Vikas Arora and DCP (headquarters) Deepak Gahlawat in the city on Friday. Cybercrime is fast becoming common and a serious issue in the state. Frequent complaints have pushed us not just to solve the crime, but also identify and stop it in initial stages, he said. A select group of police officers will closely work with cybersecurity experts from Airtel to brainstorm ways by which telecom companies and police can be alerted once a device is attacked by malware so that any money transfers can be frozen immediately.Gurgaon cops are already in discussions with experts to come up with a strategy that will help police identify or alert every time a scammer hacks a device… initially, it will be at the software level, Kapoor said. He added that if these measures prove to be effective in curing cybercrimes, police will collaborate with other telecom companies as well.TOI has previously reported that at least 50 people are cheated by cybercriminals in the city every day, and they lose an average of Rs 25,000 per person. The recovery rate for this money is just around 4%.Cybercrimes are also becoming increasingly common. Gurgaon police received 11,440 complaints of online frauds on their helpline number between January and August 2022, and this figure increased to 12,241 in the same period this year.The DGP said Haryana Police are also working with the regional headquarters of Reserve Bank of India and the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (I4C), an initiative taken by the Union home ministry, to come up with more efficient ways to curb cybercrime. They are also looking at ways to spread awareness among citizens. These plans will take at least a couple of months to be implemented and reviewed, he said.On April 27 this year, hundreds of cops raided 300 spots in Nuh and detained 125 suspects, of which 65 were later arrested, in the states largest ever crackdown against cybercrime. Investigators believe this network of fraudsters operate from Nuh, and adjoining districts of Rajasthan and UP — an area now known as new Jamtara, named after the Jharkhand town famous for cybercrimes.At the review meeting, traffic woes, womens safety and drug addiction were among the other issues discussed on Friday. Areas with heavy footfall of employees, particularly women, will be under police surveillance. Hundreds of women constables in civil dress have already been deployed to ensure the safety of women. Moreover, we will make sure corporates take adequate steps to ensure that their female employees reach home safely, Kapoor said. On traffic-related issues, he said city police will work closely with the administration to ensure both policy framing and execution of measures to make travel smoother. The priority is to make sure cops work with the right intent. They are out there to help people and resolve their issues. Public feedback on all issues is something we will strive for, he said.

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