The Director General of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, said cybercrime has also increased with the extensive use of social media, with the FIA receiving over 100,000 complaints from across the country in 2021 and it recorded up to 60,000 complaints in the first quarter of 2022.
He said that despite limited resources, the Federal Investigation Agency has successfully resolved most of the complaints received in the years 2021 and 2022 and that justice has been served for the victims and penalties have been imposed on those who have resorted to cybercrime in the country.
He was speaking at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Information Technology and Engineering organized under the auspices of Dr. Abdul Hussain Shah Bukhari Postgraduate Center, University of Sindh in collaboration with Sindh Higher Education Commission (HEC) which ended on Friday.
The FIA chief executive said there were many challenges faced by the agency due to limited resources, adding that he was trying to overcome human and financial issues in order to work more efficiently.
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“There is a need to educate young people to prevent cybercrimes and the role of the university cannot be ignored in this regard,” he observed. Dr. Abbasi discussed cybercrime, its laws, penalties, the number of complaints registered with the FIA and the modus operandi for filing the grouses in detail.
He said the procedure for filing a complaint with the FIA was simple. “Complaints can be filed online by visiting the organization’s website while the same can be done by correspondence,” he argued.
He said the majority of students had filed complaints regarding cybercrime, for which he said steps had been taken in accordance with the nature of the cases to end such things.
DG FIA said it also wants to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Sindh to work together on cybersecurity, under which internship opportunities could be offered to graduates and undergraduates. of the University.
Dr Abbasi said that recently 90,000 applications were received from young people across the country for an internship at the FIA, which he said shows the confidence job seekers have in the agency. “We want our indigenous solution to cybersecurity and crime; nor do we depend on outside help for other difficult cases in the future,” he argued.
He said the role of the University of Sindh could prove vital in creating its own mechanism and the way forward for an indigenous solution to the problems.
He said that due to COVID-19 the entire budget had been transferred from the government to the Department of Health, following which he said no major grants had been received by the FIA for the prevention of cybercrime.
He said cyberspace patrol is also carried out by the FIA, adding that currently, many social cyber activities have been detected and thwarted by the agency.
The FIA is working on the involvement of university volunteers and internees to raise awareness among students and the general public, he informed.
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He said that with the increasing use of technology and the proliferation of smart phones and gadgets, the number of cybercrime complaints received by the Federal Investigation Agency from across the country in 2021 has been recorded at more than 100,000. Only the social site Facebook was used as a medium for cybercrime with 23% of total complaints, he added.
Dr Abbasi said the increase in the number of cybercrime reports reflects the public’s trust in the agency, adding that not only the general public but also law enforcement agencies have also contacted the agency. in this context, as it was the only platform to investigate cybercrime cases and communicate with international law enforcement agencies.
The Vice Chancellor of the University of Sindh, Prof. Muhammad Siddique Kalhoro while accepting the offer of DG FIA to sign a MoU with the FIA, said that the MoU would be soon signed between the two organizations for the benefit of university students.
He said the university will extend all its cooperation with the FIA to increase the staff as well as the human resources and provide it with talented youngsters so that the agency can become more powerful and effective in the fight against cybercrimes.
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On the last day of the conference, different sessions were held in which many local and foreign scholars read their research papers both online and onsite.
Among others, Dean of Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. Dr. Khalil-ur-Rehman Khombati, Director Dr. AHS Bukhari Post Graduate Center and Conference Chairman Prof. Dr. Lachhman Das Dhomeja, Secretary of the Dr. Ayaz Ali Hakro lecture, Prof. Azhar Ali Shah, Dr. Niaz Ali Arejo, Dr. Nek Muhammad Sheikh, Dr. Shahmurad Chandio, Prof. Asif Ali Jamali and Dr. Zeeshan Ali Bhatti were also present on the occasion.