When Internet users fall victim to cyber crime, who do they call? Well, in Mumbai, India, 79 percent of educated residents don’t know who to call in that situation, according to a survey by KPMG Advisory Services.
The survey results, which were released on Tuesday at conference that was part of Cyber Safety Week, also found that 96 percent of respondents did not know if they had fallen victim to cyber attack.
“There is a huge amount of under reporting in cases of cyber crime; people who have been victims do not register complaints fearing that it would make them objects of ridicule or their reputation might get damaged,“ IPS officer Pratap Reddy said. “With the advent of social networking sites, people, including celebrities and VVIPs post scraps and messages about their activities. This can easily reveal their location and plans and they may become targets of criminals. People need to be educated about using the internet and about how to behave online.“
Individuals who fall victim to cyber crime in India can contact their local police or the dedicated cyber crime entity. Within the United States, victims can also contact the local police, or submit information to IC3, run by the FBI, or US-CERT.
“Also, complaints can be posted on our website www.copconnect.com. Other than cheating, frauds and data thefts, cyber terrorism too is a problem. The cyber machinery has been used in the past by terror groups and they could use it to plan their operations and get information about people,“ commissioner of police D Sivanandhan said.
Also according to the survey, 62 percent of parents do not monitor what their children do online.