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Cybercrime cell to get more muscle

The state government has decided to grant more manpower and facilities to the cyber crime cell, which deals with online crimes such as stalking, identity theft, and hacking.

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Dhaval Kulkarni

Updated: Jan 14, 2015, 06:30 AM IST

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The state government has decided to grant more manpower and facilities to the cyber crime cell, which deals with online crimes such as stalking, identity theft, and hacking.

Chief minister Devendra Fadnavis, in a Tuesday meeting with senior state government and police officials, decided to create 100 new posts in the Mumbai police to deal with cyber crime. A total of 1,000 staff, including these specially personnel, will be deployed for the purpose.

The police will also get new and well-equipped labs, better software and technical tools apart from more trained manpower to deal with cyber crime.

According to the CID's latest report, in 2013, a total of 907 cyber crime cases were registered in Maharashtra under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Information Technology (IT) acts, in which 603 persons have been arrested. This is a rise from 561 cases of cybercrime in 2012, which saw 407 arrests. 

The report says eve-teasing or harassment tops the list of crimes. Those in the 18-30 year group account for the largest number of people arrested under the IPC and the IT Act for their alleged involvement in these crimes.?

Cybercrime also includes theft of information or intellectual property, email bombing, virus attacks, internet time thefts and theft or damage of a computer system. In these crimes, computer programs are manipulated to facilitate crimes like fraudulent use of ATM cards and accounts, credit card frauds, or frauds involving electronic fund transfers and electronic commerce and electronic data interchange.

"Mumbai police presented a road map to create capacity to effectively deal with cyber crimes. It was discussed at length and approved," confirmed joint commissioner of police, crime, Sadanand Date.

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