The Millennium City witnessed its first case of Ransomware attacks by Chinese hackers with two cases coming to light recently. A city-based clothing company has reported to the Gurugram police that the hackers had demanded Rs 25 lakh from them as ransom. The other case involved a ransom demand of Rs 20,000.

During the probe, the Gurugram cyber crime cell came to know that the Chinese hackers were behind the attacks. “It is quite a difficult to nab the Ransomware attackers as the attack was related to China and it can not be tracked unless Chinese authorities assist Indian agencies to crack the case,” said a police officer on the condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, this year till July the Gurugram Cyber Crime Cell has received 2,004 complaints related to ATM fraud, credit cards, debit cards, e-mail hacking and hacking of Facebook accounts. Around 1,168 complaints have been disposed off so far.

Around 836 complaints are still pending and 156 complaints were recommended for the First Information Report (FIR) by the cyber crime team.

Apart from this, this year around 420 complaints have been sent by the Cyber Crime Cell to Yahoo, Facebook, Google and Twitter head offices for immediate actions. The complaints were related to hacking of Facebook accounts and Email hacking.

Furthermore, in the previous year, the police had registered 1,350 cases related to online fraud and overall the total number of the cases which were related to the IT Act stood at 2142.

“These social networking organisations usually take immediate actions on our recommendations. They also provide information to track IP address of the systems or any technical help to sort out the case,” Anand Kumar Yadav, Cyber Crime Incharge, said.

Police top brass feel that a dedicated Cyber Crime police station should be opened in Gurugram on an urgent basis as there are only five to six personnel who are working with the cyber team of the city police.

“It is a serious issue of concern for the Gurugram police because nowadays the new generations of hackers are using the latest technology to hack servers of the private and Government organisations. TheSuch attacks will increase in the future. Hence police team should be augmented and updated with adequate safeguards to prevent such crimes,” Deepak Kumar, a cyber forensic expert, said.


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