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Cyber Crime Cell

Cyber Crime Cell is functioning in City Crime Branch (CCB) under the supervision of of Asst. Commissioner of Police, CCB, in Coimbatore City, to deal with Cyber Offences effectively with effect from --.3.2010, vide G.O.Ms. This cell is functioning under the administrative control of Comissioner of Police, Coimbatore City, have the jurisdiction of whole City and deals with Cyber Offences which come under the Information Technology Act 2000.

Cyber Crime Cell

Cyber Crime Cell is functioning in City Crime Branch (CCB) under the supervision of Asst. Commissioner of Police, CCB, in Coimbatore City, to deal with Cyber Offences effectively with effect from  --.3.2010, vide G.O.Ms.   This cell is functioning under the administrative control of Comissioner of Police, Coimbatore City, have the jurisdiction of whole City and deals with Cyber Offences which come under the Information Technology Act 2000.

 So far, Cases have been registered at CCB PS and most of the cases are relating to obscene mails i.e., U/S 67 IT Act 2000.

Strength of Cyber Crime Police Station :

  • One Assistant Commissioner of Police
  • Two Inspectors
  • Sub-Inspectors
  • One  expert staff  

Defining Cyber Crime :

CYBER CRIME means any crime committed using computer either as a tool or as a target or both with the help of computer and telecommunication technology.

Where the computer is a tool for an unlawful act:

This kind of activity usually involves a modification of a conventional crime by using computers. Some examples are:

  • Financial Crimes
  • Cyber pornography
  • Sale of illegal articles
  • Online gambling
  • Intellectual Property crimes
  • Email spoofing
  • Forgery
  • Cyber Defamation
  • Cyber stalking 

Where the computer is the target for an unlawful act

It may be noted that in these activities the computer may also be a tool. This kind of activity usually involves sophisticated crimes usually out of the purview of conventional criminal law. Some examples are:  

  • Unauthorized access to computer systems or networks
  • Theft of information contained in electric form
  • Email bombing
  • Data diddling
  • Salami attacks
  • Denial of Service attack
  • Virus / Worm attacks
  • Logic bombs
  • Trojan attacks
  • Internet time thefts
  • Web jacking
  • Theft of Computer system
  • Physically damaging a computer system

Cyber laws which protect Netizens of India, is Information Technology Act 2000, passed with effect from October 17, 2000. Three Sections are important from Police point of view, they are:

  • Section 65: Tampering with Computer Source Documents
  • Section 66: Hacking with Computer System
  • Section 67: Publishing of information, which is obscene in electronic form
Do You Know The First Cyber Crime?

The first recorded cyber crime took place in the year 1820  !!!   In 1820, Joseph-Marie Jacquard, a textile manufacturer in France, produced the loom. This device allowed the repetition of a series of steps in the weaving of special fabrics. This resulted in a fear amongst Jacquard's employees that their traditional employment and livelihood were being threatened. They committed acts of sabotage to discourage Jacquard from further use of the new technology. This is the first recorded cyber crime.

Know The Cyber Criminals

Kids (age group 9-16 etc.)

It seems really difficult to believe but it is true. Most amateur hackers and cyber criminals are teenagers. To them, who have just begun to understand what appears to be a lot about computers, it is a matter of pride to have hacked into a computer system or a website. There is also that little issue of appearing really smart among friends. These young rebels may also commit cyber crimes without really knowing that they are doing anything wrong.

Organized hacktivists

Hacktivists are hackers with a particular (mostly political) motive. In other cases this reason can be social activism, religious activism, etc. The attacks on approximately 200 prominent Indian websites by a group of hackers known as Pakistani Cyber Warriors are a good example of political hacktivists at work.

Disgruntled employees

One can hardly believe how spiteful displeased employees can become. Till now they had the option of going on strike against their bosses. Now, with the increase independence on computers and the automation of processes, it is easier for disgruntled employees to do more harm to their employers by committing computer related crimes, which can bring entire systems down.

Professional hackers (corporate espionage)

Extensive computerization has resulted in business organizations storing all their information in electronic form. Rival organizations employ hackers to steal industrial secrets and other information that could be beneficial to them. The temptation to use professional hackers for industrial espionage also stems from the fact that physical presence required to gain access to important documents is rendered needless if hacking can retrieve those.

Cyber Crime & Law Enforcement Issues

Cyber Forensic and Cyber Patrolling are the important aspects of police work as that of  collection of intelligence & prevention of crime.

Cyber Forensic relates to identifying the source or origin of an E-mail & collection of evidences.   Every computer which is connected with an internet has an unique number and an IP address.  With the help of IP address, can trace any offending message or crime related E.mail and also from where it has been sent.  After finding out the place,  by using recovery software, the erased datas from the hard disk may be easily recovered.

Cyber Patrolling  is gathering intelligence which is complicated, since millions of people around the world, round the clock, are attempting to commit a fraud. Cyber patrolling is engaging ethical hackers to observe & monitor the  computer activities by remote control. Ethical hacker are authorized investigators who can trespass and gather evidence. Ethical hackers used to watch computer criminals by creating dummy websites, pseudo-sites.

Nigerian Fraud At Coimbatore City

Coimbatore City CCB Cr.No L /09 u/s 420 IPC

A Nigerian National Odiegwu Nnamdi Jude (30) was arrested on  ----- on charges of cheating a business man Mahdevan (38) of Peelamedu who is engaged in business of textile mill machineries. The victim  Mahadevan received a Short Message Service (SMS) on his phone on September 17, 2009, stating that he had chosen for a lottery prize of two lakh pounds. When he responded to the SMS, he was given an e-mail address to contact the processing agent to collect his prize. On sending an e-mail, Mahadevan was asked to remit Rs.31,583 towards processing charges and customs clearance to get the prize money. Accordingly, the complainant deposited the sum in the account number provided. When the complainant asked for the prize money by sending an e-mail he was asked to immediately come to Mumbai. On reaching Mumbai, when he called the particular mobile number, Mahadevan was asked to remit another Rs.1.05 lakhs said to be for scanning charges. He paid the money and when there was no response from the other end, the complainant turned suspicious and preferred a complaint with the City police.

After registering his complaint into an FIR, the complainant was asked to continue his negotiations with the processing agent. Finally, the agent said that his representative would come to Coimbatore to hand over the money. Immediately a trap was laid at Coimbatore and the City police waited at Gandhipuram bus stand. Finally arrested accused Odiegwu Nnamdi Jude, who cheated him. A gadget that resembled a phone, a mini locker, bundles of black colour and white colour papers and chemical substances which were found in his possession were seized. When inquired, the accused confessed that the chemicals were meant for turning these paper bundles into U.S. dollars, and meant for cheating the victims lured by such e-mails and SMS. He was sent to jail. Public were cautioned to be more cautious and not to be lured by such offers of lottery or prize being intimated through SMS and e-mails. In the event of any such information, the public were informed to approach the City Crime Branch.

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