Oct 232018

Cyber crimes, especially the harassment and blackmailing of women, have increased sharply in Pakistan in the last three years, DawnNewsTV reported citing figures released by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

The agency said that its cyber crime circle has so far conducted 2,295 inquiries, registered 255 cases and made 209 arrests in 2018 — all highest since the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Peca), 2016 was enforced.

The corresponding figures for 2017 were 1,290 inquiries, 207 cases registered and 160 arrests made, whereas figures for 2016 stood at 514, 47 and 49.

The FIA admitted that cyber crimes are on the rise in Pakistan but added that “the government’s recent measure to establish 15 new cyber crime reporting centres” will help control the situation.

In June, FIA Cyber Crimes Director retired Capt Mohammad Shoaib had told a Senate standing committee that the agency only has 10 experts to investigate cyber crimes in the country.

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