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EMERGED CYBER THREATS AND CHALLENGES IN COVID-19
World is rapidly stepping toward digitalization in the 21st century which is increasing Cyber Crimes. We explore using internet which made life easy and comfortable. We explore the unknowns and communicate with virtually anyone, anytime, anywhere across the globe. Digital space has opened doors to cyber criminals and mostly women and children are their target.
In Covid-19 pandemic cybercrime has emerged as a major challenge facing law enforcement agencies worldwide because cyber-attacks are unexpected, unknown, unseen and unapproachable.
According to reports and complaints, massive growth in Cyber Bullying has been seeing which reveal an increasing number of parents have children who have experienced some form of cyberbullying. In Russia and Japan, parents expressed extremely high levels of confidence that their children did not experience cyberbullying of any kind.
Meanwhile, Indian parents remained among the highest to express confidence that their children were cyberbullied at least once. It is really shocking to see India which holds rank 3 in cyber security awareness programs worldwide also holds No. 1 position in Cyber Bullying across the world.
Take a look at Ipsos international survey report of 2018 where Cyber bullying is most prevalent.
As we have seen the massive growth in Cyberbullying across the globe, everyday other types of cyber cases such as cyber extortion, morphing, cyber stalking, scams, harassment, blackmailing, threatening and pornography are also increasing rapidly, especially against women & children.
Social media’s trending hashtag campaign “Couple Challenge” is highly dangerous and actually a threat to the “Privacy” but millions of people have participated into it and posted their photos with couple on different social media platforms with couple challenge hashtag even without knowing the fact that this cute hashtag is a major privacy concern and their photos may be misused for morphing, deep fake, revenge and so on. In India, so many complaints have also come in these regards. Cops have accepted and said that they received several complaints from people who have suffered harassment as their photographs and personal information were misused, after they were morphed and uploaded on “obscene websites” by criminal elements due to reasons like rivalry or thwarted romantic advances. Even in India, Police urged to people to be cautious and careful about “couple challenge” on social media. The lack of awareness and tendency of following trending social media activities lead people towards cyber criminals.
One of main reasons in rapid growth in cyber-crimes is Covid-19 pandemic. Now-a-days, due to covid-19 pandemic, everyone is dependent on internet. Schools, colleges, offices and almost everything is happening virtually and cyber criminals are taking advantage of it to bully, harass, abuse, blackmail people online. Women and children are easy targets because they are “unaware about the safety measures & procedures of reporting a cyber-crime”. Massive awareness needs to be created among women and children regarding the safe use of mobile phones, computers and the internet.
Apart from these threats, companies are smartly making games like PubG which affect children psychologically and makes them violent and aggressive in behaviour. In India, there are many cases where children and teen even killed their relatives in game addiction. A Karnataka based boy killed his father because he stopped him to play PubG. In national capital New Delhi, a 19-year old boy stabs his family 33 times in addiction of PubG game. This game had become a major challenge in India, therefore recently Government of India banned PubG game along with 117 Chinese apps which is a good move to protect the future of children from such games which is not just spoiling their career but also took many lives.
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