Three Gujarat police officers have authored a book on cyber crime, and dedicated a chapter to cryptocurrencies. The e-book, named ‘Cyber Crime: Sensible Strategy in the direction of Cyber Legal guidelines and Cyber Crime Investigation’, is a police manual comprising 279 pages, and has been written by three police officers in Gujarat.
The book discusses various kinds of cyber criminal activities, process of investigation, and provides an insight into the new methods that are being used by the criminals to commit cyber crime. It is co-authored by:
- IPS officer Sharad Singhal (Assistant Commissioner of Police, Crime and Site visitors, Surat),
- IPS officer Sandeep Chaudhary (Deputy Commissioner of Police, Zone 2, Vadodara metropolis) and
- Gujarat Police Service officer Chirag Desai (Deputy Superintendent of Police, Ankleshwar, Bharuch).
The book also talks about how the dark web and cryptocurrencies are used to commit crimes. The three Gujarat Police officials, at the opening of this book, penned down a quote, “There are crimes of passion and crimes of logic. The boundary between them is not clearly defined,” as originally said Albert Camus, a French-Algerian philosopher, once upon a time (source: The Indian Express).
In conversation with The Indian Express, Sharad Singhal, who was one of the three officials said,
“When I was the SP in Jamanagar, we started documenting cases of Cyber Crime Cell to assist the police in dealing with such crimes in future. Then we thought of documenting it into a book to help investigators… It took us three months… A soft copy was made available for all Gujarat Police personnel on the Suraksha Setu app in both English and Gujarati. A hard copy of the book will be given to all police stations and training centres in Gujarat free of cost.”
This book is not just a manual for solving crimes. In fact, it provides considerable information about the various ways and techniques using which cyber criminals manage to commit a crime. The book comprises of nine chapters, all of which deal with sections of the Information Technology (Amendment) Act, Indian Penal Code sections related to cyber crime, standard operating procedure for investigations, common types of cyber crime, emerging technologies and future cyber crimes, open source intelligence, as well as forensic science related to Bitcoin.
The book has roughly divided cyber crime into three categories — crime against person, like cyber stalking, defamation, hacking, phishing, cloning of cards etc., crime against property which includes things like malware, ransomware, unauthorised trespassing, and crime against the government, which includes cyber terrorism and cyber warfare.
Aside from this, the book also discusses the futuristic nature of cyber crimes in detail, such as “crypto jacking”, remote access attacks, attacks on cell phones and ransomware attacks. Crypto jacking can be referred to as a crime in which the victim’s computer system is hacked and used for mining of crypto currencies, which is a process of maintaining a digital ledger by users of all the crypto currency transactions in the deep web. Consequently, ransomware attack is known as something that injects a malware into the computer system in order to harm the software and extort money by threat.
“We have dedicated a chapter on Bitcoin crypto currency and other types of crypto currency after we realised that a large number of illegal transactions are being done through Bitcoins. We have also listed a total of 35-40 types of common cyber crimes prevalent in Gujarat, which includes phishing (illegally obtaining bank details of victims through fraud), one-time password scams, Know Your Customer (KYC) upgradation fraud among others,”-Sharad Singhal, ACP – Crime and Site visitors, Surat
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