'Cyber criminals targetting people during pandemic period'

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Hyderabad, July 18 (PTI) With cyber crime cases going up during the COVID-19 induced lockdown, there is a need to create awareness among internet users, police said.

Criminals have been using the pandemic period and targeting many on the digital platforms and hence cyber space users should be extremely careful, they said.

During a programme organised for distribution of 'Cyber Yoddha' certification to participants on Saturday, Rachakonda Commissioner of Police Mahesh M Bhagwat pointed out that many people are falling prey to cyber crimes despite being well educated.

Cyber Yoddha, an initiative aimed at creating awareness on digitalsafety and empowering citizens by training them to fight cybercrimes, was launched last year in collaboration with the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate and End Now Foundation.

Its a big responsibility for each trained Cyber Yoddha to go to communities and spread awareness on cyber crime which is on the rise, Bhagwat was quoted as saying in a release.

He noted that retired people, IT professionals, unemployed youth are among those who are being trapped and the need of the hour is to be extremely careful.

Technology can be used for betterment while it can also be misused, the senior police official said and asked everyone to be aware of the modus operandi in cybercrimes.

He also stressed the need for setting up mobile and internet de-addiction centers.

ACP (Cyber Crimes Rachakonda), Harinath said cyber criminals have been using the pandemic time and targeting many people on the digital platforms and hence users should be extremely careful.

On the occasion, Telanganas Information Technology (IT) Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan unveiled a new programme Cyber Charcha.

Cyber Charcha is concept based on crowd sourcing and is a veryeffective way to align learning with the speed of business, the release added. PTI VVK ROH ROH

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