Cyber crimes, Internet abuse multiplies in SL

Jilted lovers among the main culprits


By Pradeep Prasanna Samarakoon

The number of complaints of incidents of cyber crime and internet abuse has multiplied in recent months, according to Sri Lanka Computer Emergency Readiness Team (SLCERT).

SLCERT Information Security Engineer Roshan Chandragupta told The Island that they had received over 900 complaints during the first five months of this year. "This is a massive increase as we received only around 1,200 for the whole of last year."

The increase indicated that the cyber crime and the Internet abuse were on the rise and action needed to be taken to arrest the trend immediately, Chandragupta said.

Around 80 percent of complaints received during the first six months of 2014 were against the abuse of social media network including Facebook. The second highest number of complaints was against crimes related to emails, he said.

An analysis of complaints had indicated that a majority of incidents arose after break up of love affairs with jilted parties making use of the Internet and social media networks to give vent to their anger, Chandragupta said.

"We always request the Internet users to keep their personal security and to take utmost care not to reveal their passwords to others," he added.

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