Bangalore tops cyber crime list

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Bangalore tops cyber crime list

Karnataka is facing a new challenge of dealing with cyber crimes, with Bangalore continuing to see a rapid rise in the numbers in the past four years.

According to sources, the state registered 26 cyber crimes in 2009, 144 in 2010, 240 in 2011 and 388 in 2012 till November-end. Bangalore topped the list with 268 cyber crimes reported till October 30, 2012. Bangalore registered 102 cases in 2010 and 178 cases in 2011.

Udupi and Mysore came in second with 13 cyber crimes each. The mushrooming of unauthorized cyber cafes and lack of technical personnel in the cyber cell to track cases is said to be the main reason for the steady rise in cyber crimes in Bangalore, said sources.

The government set up a cyber crime cell at the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Bangalore to track such cases. But it needs to be strengthened by recruiting more police personnel. Most of the officers working in the cell lack technical knowledge , which prevents them from tracking cases quickly, said an officer who did not wish to be named.

Home minister R Ashoka told the council on Tuesday that the government had made it mandatory for all cyber cafes to register the names of visitors to their cafe and allow them to use computers after checking their ID cards and other details. "We've strictly implemented cyber laws to bring down the number of cyber crimes in the state. Besides, all police stations have been strictly instructed to keep an eye on cyber cafes functioning in their jurisdiction,'' he added.

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