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FIA revealed that Cyber Crime had increased by 500% in 2020

FIA Cyber Crime

FIA Cyber Crime Wing has reported that, compared to previous years, cybercrime soared five times more during the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

94,227 cybercrime were reported including scams, sexual harassment, stalking, and accessibility to unauthorized accounts in 2020, as per a report issued by the Cyber Crime Wing of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

Meanwhile, with the detention of 90 cybercrime suspects, Faisalabad topped the list of cybercrime-related arrests, followed by Multan with 83 prisoners.

Six cases of child pornography were registered in Faisalabad last year, according to Cyber Crime Wing Assistant Director Shoaib Haroon, out of which six suspects were captured in three cases and the remaining ones were disposed of.

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“In spreading child pornography through WhatsApp, the arrested suspects were involved,” Assistant Director revealed.

The Assistant Director stated that 88 cases had been reported and 90 suspects had been prosecuted by the Faisalabad FIA Cyber Crime Wing.

Furthermore, “The suspects held were involved in harassment of social media, online scam, as well as the character assassination of women,” he said.

A complaint management unit was established at each reporting center and many other initiatives were taken by the cyber crime wing to deal with the increased workload.

“Specialised investigation units were established to deal with financial crime, harassment, defamation, women harassment, child pornography and high profile cases,” he added.

This complaint management unit handled and collectively disposed of more than 100,000 complainants in the year and successfully disposed of 9,073 enquires (almost 50% more than the previous year) and 374 cases (100% more than previous year).

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