No end to card cloning cases, are our cyber cells not equipped to deal with cyber crime? (NewsNumber Exclusive)

Last Updated: Aug 10 2018 17:18

In the present scenario when digitalization is at its peak, the issues related to cybercrime have also started rising with law providing a remedy against most of the prevalent crimes.

Cybercrime is not a defined term but a catch-all phrase attributable to any offence involving an internet device. Most of the cybercrimes are listed under the Information Technology Act (IT Act), 2000, which was amended in 2008. Card cloning is one of the cybercrimes that is very rampant in the digital world.

In the latest development, another card cloning device was found installed at an ATM of Canara Bank in sector 17 Chandigarh. The Cyber cell of UT Police has received more than 70 complaints of card cloning in the past year. Meanwhile, the Cyber cell of the UT police seems ill equipped to deal with the rising crime cases in the city.

On one hand, the bank officials claim that they have set up teams that regularly inspect the ATMs in the morning, afternoon and evening; still there has been no relief from such cases. Senior UT police officials also claim that they have been continuously holding meetings with bank authorities, instructing them to deploy security guards round the clock at the ATMs, but all in vain.

Apart from this, UT still awaits the setting up of Cyber Police station. Amid increasing number of cases pertaining to cybercrime, a cyber police station has become need of the hour.