56,000 and Counting: Cyber Crime Complaints in 2019

The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication were told that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) got 56,000 complaints last year related to cybercrime but only in 32 cases, the convictions have been made.

 

The Senate Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication were told that the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) got 56,000 complaints last year related to cybercrime but only in 32 cases, the convictions have been made.

 

At the parliament house, the Senate Standing Committee on IT met under the leadership od

Rubina Khalid. The number of cases and complaints were discussed during the meeting.

 

Out of 50,000, only 11,000 complaints were investigated where 32 people were convicted, however it was further said that the cases had been initiated by 32 complaints only.

 

Expressing the displeasure the committee person asked FIA for playing a more active role and control the cybercrime in the country,  the offenders were involved in fake accounts and profiles of famous personalities that also includes parliamentarians and attain profit by disrespecting them.

 

She further said it is the responsibility of FI cybercrime to take the action against the criminals. The committee is lacking behind in their work.

 

The panel was apprised that the IT ministry had utilized only 17.72% of the allocated budget for the current fiscal year, while 33.51% of the budget apportioned for staff expenditure had been used.

The lesser budget was spent by the ministry as most of the positions in the department were vacant.

Only 0.76% of the budget allocated for the perks and privileges of employees who had reached the age of superannuation had been used.

The panel was told that 29 uplift schemes were planned for the promotion of information technology in the country of which four were in the final phase.

The IT departments were directed to pick up the pace of their work on the development projects. The panel was informed that the IT exports in the country had risen by more than 27% in the past six months, while the commercial consulars in different countries were now in direct contact with the information technology ministry.