Guwahati: How and when will people become more aware of cyber attacks has been a major concern nowadays. In this digital age, the Internet has facilitated the rapid adoption of technology by businesses and simplified online transactions. However, as digitization progresses, the number of cyber-attacks has also been increasing.
The major part of the concern is the hackers understand and know how to exploit these cyber vulnerabilities. Therefore, any person running a successful business must rethink their cyber security strategies to address the growing threat of cybercrime and reduce cyber risks.
In the last couple of days, there have been cases where renowned journalists, educators, and professors are being targeted by these scammers.
A retired principal of Gargaon College namely Lalit Shyam fell into the trap of online fraudsters recently.
As per reports, hackers siphoned off around Rs 16 lakh from his two bank accounts.
An FIR was lodged by the victim and accordingly, the Titabar Police investigated and arrested a youth named Navam Sarotria of Lachit Nagar area in Titabar against PS case no – 123/22, under section – 417/420 of the Indian Penal Code.
Interestingly, a few days ago senior journalist Manoram Gogoi and Professor Akhil Ranjan Dutta also became victims of cyber fraud.
Akhil Ranjan Dutta who is a Political Science professor at Gauhati University was reportedly trapped in a case of cyber fraud.
According to sources, the cyber criminals in the guise of Indian Army personnel had allegedly siphoned a sum amount of Rs. 15,000 from Prof. Dutta’s bank account.
Criminals first sent Professor Dutta a QR code and asked him to scan the code. He followed the instructions and the money was debited from his account.
In another incident, a prominent citizen and senior journalist Manoram Gogoi reported that he was a victim of cyber fraud with criminals duping him of his money.
Initially, the cybercriminals revealed themselves to be employees of the Narengi Military Public School. Later, a woman contacted Gogoi on the pretext of ordering some food items from his restaurant.
At last, a cyber crook called him posing as a military accountant. They asked for his Google Pay number for online transactions.
The scammer cleverly sent two of his QR codes to his Gogoi, both exchanging Re1 via Google Pay. During these, 10,000 rupees were debited from the bank account.
The incident took Gogoi by surprise, as cybercriminals were able to loot such a sum of money despite him being vigilant about such incidents.
In light of this, it’s time for people to upgrade themselves to cope with such incidents.
The Guwahati commissioner of police, Harmeet Singh said during the launch of the Nationwide “True Cyber Safe” Campaign, that the public must have to be vigilant to stop cyber-espionage activities.
The top police cop also mentioned that cybercrime in the state has gone up to 30% compared with previous years.
The event was organized by the True Caller and Cyber Peace Foundation in collaboration with Assam Police.
In the event, it was learned that over 15 lakh people will be trained on cyber security in India and this process will first start in Assam.
But when and how these initiatives will be implemented? Has the initiative been started off or not, there are no clear reports on this.