KARACHI: According to sources, around 65% of cybercrime cases are lodged to Facebook in Karachi.
Abdul Salam, Head of Cybercrime Unit Karachi, told about daily challenges, complaints and their strategies to cover loopholes.
The unit has been assigned a task to eradicate crime happened on information technology. Hacking social media accounts and web portals, phishing, spamming, grey traffic, unauthorized radio operation, child pornography, cyber fraud, stalking, and ransomware included as cybercrime cases. While speaking about the unit’s mandate, he said the list is exhaustive.
Further adding, Salam told about receiving scores of complaints over social media harassment, defamation, and blackmail. Other financial fraud cases include ATM skimming, unauthorized funds transfer, lottery scams, and instant messaging apps like WhatsApp. They have also received complaints on illegal sale of SIMs, smuggled phones, child pornography, and hate speech material.
Following the receipt of a complaint, an inquiry is initiated after a preliminary investigation. Suspects are nabbed following the registration of FIRs. In technical areas, detail are collected using IP logs. Evidences are gathered by planting spoof links and messages to obtain data needed. He said, FIA also obtains suspects’ call records from cellular companies.
Around 15 to 20 complaints are received from Karachi on daily basis in online registration system. There is successive progress observed in most cases. Several complaints have been stolen. Assistance by law enforcement agencies is required in some cases. The Karachi unit is efficient in quick delivering. The FIA man claimed that we have successfully cracked nearly every case.
Recommendations of Myriad have been presented. A daunting challenge is to establish separate courts to deal cybercrime suspects as judiciary is already flooded with cases. A letter has been forwarded to the FIA Headquarters on the proposed constitution of separate cases. Most of the complaints are classified as non-cognizable offences; alarming another challenge. Presenting suggestions to help facilitate effective prosecution of suspects, Salam shared that technical nature of the Law and need for unconventional legal practices make it difficult to find specialized prosecutors separately.
Adding more, he said improvements in the forensic lab. Need of state-of-the-art equipment and software is needed for seamless operations. This primarily include a mobile forensic toolkit, latest encase software, Forensic Tool Kit (FTK) data access and SATA hard disks. We are lacking access to mobile tracking technology and NADRA Verisys. There is need of a caretaker and personnel need official vehicles for Gulistan-e-Jauhar zonal head office which is an echoing building.
Commenting on scarcity of resources, he told about the lack of official conveyance leaves agency personnel with no option but to use private transport.