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Cyber Harassment – The Cyber Forum https://www.thecyberforum.com Fri, 28 Dec 2018 05:36:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://www.thecyberforum.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/cropped-justice-147214_960_720-32x32.png Cyber Harassment – The Cyber Forum https://www.thecyberforum.com 32 32 Uncontrolled Scammers: BBC Reporter Got Scammed https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/uncontrolled-scammers-bbc-reporter-got-scammed/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/uncontrolled-scammers-bbc-reporter-got-scammed/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 16:00:40 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2374 It’s not new for media personals to get scammed but now a day’s scammers are uncontrolled as thousands of people all over the world have been receiving sextortion emails from scammers. A case similar to it also happened to BBC Trending reporter, Jo Whalley received one of those emails. Despite getting worried about her browsing […]

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It’s not new for media personals to get scammed but now a day’s scammers are uncontrolled as thousands of people all over the world have been receiving sextortion emails from scammers.

A case similar to it also happened to BBC Trending reporter, Jo Whalley received one of those emails. Despite getting worried about her browsing history, she got alarmed when she found out that the scammers had one of her current passwords. But she didn’t afraid, rather tries to find out how cyber-criminals have got hold of people’s personal information not only this but also how they were able to get her current password and how one can protect her/himself from hackers.

To get her answers she reached out to Joseph Cox, writer and motherboard expert like others. He is also researching these new trending alarming situations. He clarified that the hacker cannot break into someone’s webcams and get their footages of using some websites like the one they usually narrate in their emails and messages as they scammed people.


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He also told that as the hackers are constantly breaking into different websites and do trading with different other hackers of the password, they breach, then some people buy them or sell them, in the end, it than tricked down to lower level cybercriminal’s where they usually got one’s passwords that one might be using.

To avoid these hackers scammed, one first need to change the password after it got breached and use the password manager to remember all of the new passwords, as it’s a software that stores encrypted passwords to all of your accounts and can only be accessed with the master passcode.

One can also check whether his/her information is breached or not by visiting website known as “Have I Been Pwned” by only putting the email address into it.

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Fake News Spreading Cases in Bangladesh https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/fake-news-spreading-cases/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/30/fake-news-spreading-cases/#respond Fri, 30 Nov 2018 12:00:54 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2370 Fake news spreading cases are hot topics as the Bangladesh elections are on its way. Two people, Kamal Hossain (23) and Muhammad Alamin (30) got arrested by the RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) for fake news spreading cases on fake websites from the two different cites, Mohammadpur and Tongi respectively of Bangladesh. These arrests are in […]

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Fake news spreading cases are hot topics as the Bangladesh elections are on its way.

Two people, Kamal Hossain (23) and Muhammad Alamin (30) got arrested by the RAB (Rapid Action Battalion) for fake news spreading cases on fake websites from the two different cites, Mohammadpur and Tongi respectively of Bangladesh.

These arrests are in the series of the crackdown by the government of Bangladesh against the fake news spreading cases on social media as they are leaping high these days due to the election terms are ahead.


Read more >> What laws are available in Pakistan on fake social media profiles? 


They use the same URL’s and logos of the famous news agencies in the country like; Prothom Alo, Bangla Tribune, BBC Bangla, and other news providers and spread them on Facebook. As they add an extra letter or symbol to the original name of the website along with a similar logo and URL to spread the false news.

In contrary with it, RAB has arrested another man, Enamul Haque, as he was running about a total of 22 different websites for spreading false propaganda, studying abroad in one of the South Korean university as a Ph.D. student.

Along with it, RAB claimed that he was donating a huge sum of money to the Chhatra Shibir, the student wing of Jamaat-e-Islami because of his involvement in the Islamist party.

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IPhone’s AirDrop Feature High Tech Sexual Harassment https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/28/iphones-airdrop-feature-high-tech-sexual-harassment/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/28/iphones-airdrop-feature-high-tech-sexual-harassment/#respond Wed, 28 Nov 2018 22:38:44 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2353 With the advancement in technology, people feel comfort by relying on them. The new technologies not only bring easy accessibility but on the other hand might become bothersome. And to some extent they might make you a victim of some hacking or harassment cases like Mentzer, 35, an actress and dancer got harassed by a […]

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With the advancement in technology, people feel comfort by relying on them. The new technologies not only bring easy accessibility but on the other hand might become bothersome. And to some extent they might make you a victim of some hacking or harassment cases like Mentzer, 35, an actress and dancer got harassed by a stranger via AirDrop, a new iPhone feature which was frightening her.

AirDrop, iPhone feature used to share photos and other files quickly, without disclosing phone number or email address. It only requires the user to be within roughly 30 feet to its receiver, which operates over Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.


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It arrives with the name of the iPhone giving the sender anonymity. Though it’s a good advancement it gives a well enough liberty to many players and harassers to bother others in crowded areas.

Many people are suffered from iPhone’s AirDrop feature, receiving life-threatening and lewd messages from strangers. The New York subway system has been the scene of many such incidents, a reporter for HuffPost UK reportedly received over 100 lewd AirDrops while riding the London Tube.

But it can be avoided if you are a good technology familiar person by simply changing the default settings on the iPhone from everyone to accept AirDrops from contacts only.

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Blackmailing Women On Social Media: FIA Arrests Another Man From Karachi https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/15/blackmailing-women-on-social-media/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/15/blackmailing-women-on-social-media/#respond Thu, 15 Nov 2018 12:42:00 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2299 KARACHI: Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Cybercrime Wing has arrested a man this week in case of blackmailing women on social media. 34 years old man names Shahid from Karachi was arrested by FIA Cybercrime Wing when a girl complaint that man has blackmailed her using her images and demanding money. The accused confessed before media […]

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KARACHI: Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) Cybercrime Wing has arrested a man this week in case of blackmailing women on social media.

34 years old man names Shahid from Karachi was arrested by FIA Cybercrime Wing when a girl complaint that man has blackmailed her using her images and demanding money.

The accused confessed before media that he is involved in blackmailing women on social media site Facebook. He used doctorate pictures to befriend women in order to harass them and demand money.


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Accused Shahid said:

I created a fake Facebook ID Omar Ali Khan and a page with the same name and sent friend requests to the female members. As they accept my friend requests I used to make marriage proposals and demanded pictured from them.

Adding that he used the same pictures for blackmailing women on social media and demanding money.

According to FIA, they have obtained evidence from the accused smartphone as he was messaging the victims through different apps.

It has also informed the two victims about the charge of accused.

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Harassing Woman Online: Man Punished 6 Years Jail And Rs. 0.7 Million Fine https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/04/harassing-woman-online/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/11/04/harassing-woman-online/#respond Sun, 04 Nov 2018 19:32:45 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2144 A man in case of harassing woman online sentenced to 6 years jail with Rs. 0.7 million by a magistrate in Lahore. A case was reported in which the victim; wife of a Pakistan Air Force Officer; was harassed and blackmailed by the stalker, threatening to share her doctored photos on Facebook. Federal Investigation Authority […]

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A man in case of harassing woman online sentenced to 6 years jail with Rs. 0.7 million by a magistrate in Lahore.

A case was reported in which the victim; wife of a Pakistan Air Force Officer; was harassed and blackmailed by the stalker, threatening to share her doctored photos on Facebook.

Federal Investigation Authority FIA’s special magistrate Imtiaz Ali Bajwa – after hearing the trials – sentenced the accuse Usman Bin Masood six years imprisonment under Sections 20 (offences against dignity), 21 (offences against modesty) and 24 (cyberstalking) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 and a fine of about Rs 0.7 million for online harassing woman.

The accused was convicted of cyber offenses in which he digitally manipulates women pictures and shares them on social media channels to blackmail and harass them.

The case was registered after the Air Force Officer launched a complaint against accused when he threatened his wife to share her edited pictures online.

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Cybercrime Cases Registration: Clear Rise in Last Three Years in Pakistan https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/10/24/cybercrime-cases-registration/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/10/24/cybercrime-cases-registration/#respond Wed, 24 Oct 2018 19:45:53 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2074 Social Media has become a hub to gather people on different forums. As it is used by a variety of people to share positive vibes, the virtual space is used by some cyber criminals that convert them into negative. There are above 50 million broadband subscribers and about 150 million cellular phone subscribers that have […]

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Social Media has become a hub to gather people on different forums. As it is used by a variety of people to share positive vibes, the virtual space is used by some cyber criminals that convert them into negative.

There are above 50 million broadband subscribers and about 150 million cellular phone subscribers that have occupied virtual space in Pakistan. But most of them are unaware that this space is being negatively used by some cyber criminals that have caused a sharp rise in the cybercrime cases registration in the last three years in Pakistan.

With the sharp increase in the number of cybercrime cases registration, most of them are about harassment of women through social media for which Federal Investigation Authority (FIA) has taken many initiatives to cater the problem.

Dawn News quoted the FIA’s figures that,

There has been observed a sharp increase in the number of cybercrime cases registration in the last three years in which harassment and blackmailing are the most prominent.

According to the report, FIA conducted 2,295 inquiries, registered 255 cases, and made 209 arrests in 2018. These figures are highest since the enactment of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) by the Parliament in 2016 in a bid to cope with the cybercrime problems.

In 2017, the corresponding figures were 1,290 inquiries, 207 cybercrime cases registration, and 160 arrests were made, whereas in 2016 the figures were 514, 47, and 49 respectively.

According to the FIA officials,

The tremendous growth of social media in recent years caused a sharp rise in the incidents of cyberbullying, harassment, blackmailing, hate speech, online defamation, and online fraud in recent years.

They further told that people usually don’t report the case due to some personal reasons, otherwise, the actual figures may be much higher. The situation will be brought under control as the government recently established 15 new centers.


Read Cybercrime Reporting Center: FIA Permitted To Open 15 Centers


FIA Cyber Crime Director retired Capt. Mohammad Shoaib, in June, told to the Senate Standing Committee that agency has only 10 experts to investigate cybercrime in the country. In January this year, FIA launched a new Cybercrime Reporting Website which is now permanently moved to NR3C.

FIA cybercrime circle received 2019 complaints back in 2017 which were related to three major categories: 1,592 or 76% are related to blackmail harassment, and defamation through social media, 307 or 14% are related to financial fraud, 116 or 5 % are of threatening calls, and the remaining 186 are pertaining to email hacking, spoofing etc.

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“Involved in Cybercrime” Pashto Singer Bail Dismissed https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/10/12/involved-in-cybercrime/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/10/12/involved-in-cybercrime/#respond Fri, 12 Oct 2018 21:18:29 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2048 PESHAWAR: Singer Muneeba Shah was charged for being involved in cybercrime by uploading girls’ pictures on the fake Facebook account. Additional Session Judge Kulsoom Azam dismissed bail request submitted by singer and dancer Muneeba Shah. When the court heard the bail request of accused Muneeba Shah then FIA’s Director Legal Jawed Ali Khan informed in […]

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PESHAWAR: Singer Muneeba Shah was charged for being involved in cybercrime by uploading girls’ pictures on the fake Facebook account. Additional Session Judge Kulsoom Azam dismissed bail request submitted by singer and dancer Muneeba Shah.

When the court heard the bail request of accused Muneeba Shah then FIA’s Director Legal Jawed Ali Khan informed in court that Pashto singer and dancer Muneeba Shah has created the fake Facebook account and uploaded indecent pictures to defame some girls in society.

Accused was arrested two weeks ago. Director Cybercrime Branch Qazi Abdul Hameed Khan ordered to start the investigation upon receiving the complaint in which it was confirmed that accused Muneeba was involved in cybercrime.

She created fake Facebook profiles and uploaded indecent pictures of some females to bring them down in society. Accused’s lawyer told in court that Muneeba is indecent and submitted her bail request which was dismissed after hearing.

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“Fake Facebook Account” Female Is Arrested for Uploading Her Friend’s Pictures https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/10/09/fake-facebook-account-female-is-arrested/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/10/09/fake-facebook-account-female-is-arrested/#respond Tue, 09 Oct 2018 20:48:22 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=2039 PESHAWAR: A girl is arrested for uploading indecent images and other materials of her friend on a fake Facebook account. FIA’s Cybercrime Wing; upon receiving a complaint of a girl on uploading her indecent pictures and other content on a fake Facebook profile; investigated the case and arrested her friend. According to sources, accused is […]

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PESHAWAR: A girl is arrested for uploading indecent images and other materials of her friend on a fake Facebook account.

FIA’s Cybercrime Wing; upon receiving a complaint of a girl on uploading her indecent pictures and other content on a fake Facebook profile; investigated the case and arrested her friend.

According to sources, accused is a friend and neighbor of the victim. She uploaded her pictures on a fake social media profile, caused breaking-up her engagement.

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What are the available laws on WhatsApp harassment calls and messages in Pakistan? https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/09/24/available-laws-on-whatsapp-harassment-calls-and-messages-in-pakistan/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/09/24/available-laws-on-whatsapp-harassment-calls-and-messages-in-pakistan/#respond Mon, 24 Sep 2018 17:17:49 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=1990 What is the most trending app for quite a long time? I know you must be thinking of Facebook. Right? But, there’s another social app that connects people and is lying all the time in your cell phones and yes; this is WhatsApp. You share texts, documents, locations, gifs, audios, videos and one thing which […]

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What is the most trending app for quite a long time? I know you must be thinking of Facebook. Right? But, there’s another social app that connects people and is lying all the time in your cell phones and yes; this is WhatsApp. You share texts, documents, locations, gifs, audios, videos and one thing which you secretly share. Guessing??? Of course, this is a screenshot. It is trendy to have proofs of your conversation and one can never deny it.

As there’s good; there’s bad. Many people falsely use WhatsApp to threaten or harass someone by alleged calls and messages which trouble the victim. There are laws on WhatsApp harassment calls and messages in many countries that protect their citizens. We have discussed in Available Laws on WhatsApp Conversation previously and now we’re going in-depth in available laws on WhatsApp harassment calls and messages in Pakistan.

So let’s dig in it.

WhatsApp calls are traceable

The first thing that I need to make clear is – if you get a threatening call on your sim then you should contact police but if the same happens on WhatsApp then this would fall in cybercrime and this time, you should contact to the FIA’s Cybercrime Wing. Most of the time people approach to the wrong side to get solved their queries.

Since its launch, WhatsApp is being used in many places around the globe. There are political, social, freelance, discussion, friends, family, religious and many groups under different tags on WhatsApp. But, not forgetting the bad ones who have groups to plan an indecent or terrorist activity. There have revealed many extortion and target killing cases in Karachi where criminals have used WhatsApp to coordinate with each other. By saying this, I must tell you all that WhatsApp messages and calls are traceable. So if anyone is doing any activity, he/she can be traced by a single message or call.

Deleting messages will not help you

If you think that by deleting some messages and clearing your history will pull you out from the danger circle of getting caught then sadly, you’re wrong. WhatsApp is now under the authority of Facebook and upon getting a complaint, FIA can send the dossier to the respective authority to get all data – whether deleted or not. There’s an exchange of data treaty exists between FIA and Facebook, WhatsApp and other social media channels.

Available laws on WhatsApp harassment calls and messages

available laws on WhatsApp

Let’s briefly discuss the available laws on WhatsApp harassment calls and messages in Pakistan.

  • If some has hacked your WhatsApp account, through the web or by any other mean, then there is 3 years imprisonment, Rs. 5 million fine or both charged, depending on the severity of that offense.
  • If someone harassed you either in a WhatsApp group or in a private conversation through any abusing content – other than pornographic – then there is 3 years imprisonment and Rs. 1 million fine or both.
  • If someone shares unethical pictures then under Section 21 for that cognizable offense, there is 5 years imprisonment, Rs. 5 million fine or both.
  • Punishment of these crimes for accused under 18 extends to 10 years imprisonment with Rs. 5 million fine or both.

Punishment of 3 years imprisonment, 1 million fine or both (in severe cases) for

  1. Allegedly seeing and checking someone’s WhatsApp
  2. Sending teasing messages or calls even after receiving any warning to not contact again
  3. Spying/stalking on WhatsApp
  4. Broadcasting a false content through WhatsApp conversations and groups

Get protected

You need to make a protective shield around you. For this, you should

  • Not reply to any suspicious message or attend any call.
  • Not click spam links.
  • Never check key block while using WhatsApp web.

FAQ

If any government official is tracking your data then what should we do?

Well, if you’re innocent and any such person is doing to track your data without any legal permission which is not benefitting the public body but for his/her own personal grudges then you need to talk man-in-man, ask to stop doing that and tell him/her about available laws on WhatsApp. If he/she, after receiving your warning, continues doing same then you should pursue the case and launch a complaint against the accused.

But if they’re doing this for such a person who is involved in any activity against country then clearly saying that they have rights to do so as they are the security and public agency. One can do nothing to stop make them stop.

Giving an example here, last year a DIG of Gilgit-Baltistan harassed his ex-wife by sharing her indecent pictures. An FIR was launched against him and he was suspended from his position.

If you’re in trouble

available laws on WhatsApp

Even after doing all precautionary measures, if somehow you have become a victim of such harassments and want to require a help then taking screenshots should be your first priority. I would strongly recommend to get in touch with a cybercrime litigator and launch your complaint in person. Again saying, pre-fortifying yourself against such cases should be on top of your priority list.

Ok! Talk further

FIA Cybercrime Wing has not that many cases of cybercrime as Indians have because under Indian Information Technology Act 2000, there are many cybercrime cases – even in Supreme Court – which they have successfully pursued. But FIA has resolved many cases in which recent one is from Punjab University Lahore, where a faculty member of Law Department has registered a case under PECA against other faculty members for getting abused in a WhatsApp group.

Want any help?

Upon concluding this, I must ask you all that if anyone of you has any query regarding such incidents or want to share any experience; just comment below, so that we all can get to know about root-causes of these crimes. I, with my team, is available 24/7 to make our people safe from any cyber harassment. Feel free to talk with us.

Till then share the information and keep yourself and people around you safe.

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Accuse punished 6 years imprisonment for harassing girls on social media https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/09/08/imprisonment-for-harassing-girls/ https://www.thecyberforum.com/2018/09/08/imprisonment-for-harassing-girls/#respond Sat, 08 Sep 2018 19:20:02 +0000 https://www.thecyberforum.com/?p=1971 ISLAMABAD: Court announced 6 years imprisonment and 4 lakh fine in case of harassing girls on social media. Tahir Mehmood, Session Court Judge, announced the final decision on the case of harassing girls on social media. Court announced 6 years of imprisonment and 4 lakh fine to accuse Aamir Shams. In case of non-payment, the […]

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ISLAMABAD: Court announced 6 years imprisonment and 4 lakh fine in case of harassing girls on social media.

Tahir Mehmood, Session Court Judge, announced the final decision on the case of harassing girls on social media. Court announced 6 years of imprisonment and 4 lakh fine to accuse Aamir Shams.

In case of non-payment, the accused has to bear further 6 months imprisonment. The court remarked that accuse Aamir Shams is charged in the case of molesting girls on social media.

It is clear that accuse Aamir Shams blackmailed girls on social media and FIA’s Cybercrime Wing registered the case against Aamir Shams.

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