Concern on growing cybercrimes

Karachi: It’s a common perception that cybercrimes are low level crimes but in reality cybercrimes are as dangerous as other major crimes.

These views were expressed by CEO Server for Sale and Cyber Security expert Mohammad Munaf while speaking at a seminar on Cyber Crimes organized by Center for Digital Forensic Science and Technology, University of Karachi at Arts Auditorium, KU.

He said online fraud, theft and blackmailing are part of cybercrimes. It’s a dangerous thing for people’s personal life and privacy in modern time. Users must secure their passwords on internet and electronic devices. We must be highly careful in order to save ourselves from cybercrimes.

He also informed the audience to secure their online bank accounts and to make their accounts more secure on google. He also enlightened the major aspects of cybercrime bill, according to which a citizen can lodge a complaint to FIA with relevant proofs for further investigation and punishment, if proven guilty.

Vice Chancellor, Karachi University Prof. Dr. Mohammad Ajmal Khan said that in this digital age, no one’s personal life is secure from cybercrimes, everyone must be well aware to keep them safe and secure from cyber-attacks. He lauded the establishment of Center for Digital Forensic Science and Technology and termed it vital for spreading a greater awareness of cybercrimes among its students, faculty and public.

Director HEC, Karachi Javed Memon said that we must be well aware of the advantages as well as disadvantages of social media and cyber world. HEC is playing its key role in promotion of IT and research projects on cloud computing.

Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science KU Dr. Nadeem Mehmood said that common people are not that careful as far as cyber security is concerned and that’s the reason, cybercrime rate is increasing. We must promote awareness regarding the responsible and careful use of internet.

Money theft is the major purpose of 90 percent of cybercrimes in the world and many tools like fraud or blackmailing are used in this regard.

Dr. Qamar ul Arifeen termed the establishment of Center for Digital Forensic Science and Technology vital for controlling cybercrimes and added that its purpose is to aware general public about the hazards of cybercrime and to keep themselves safe and secure. Also the center will provide assistance and guidance to multinational companies and banks to make their financial security system securer and help the law enforcing agencies.

He announced to organize such awareness workshops in future to raise awareness regarding cybercrimes.