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Social media sites have become the most prominent form of a dialogue which is used for multi purposes of communications. Over 50 million broadband subscribers in Pakistan and the number of cellular phone subscribers may be as high as over 150 million. So as the virtual space that is also being used by criminals elements to commit different sort of cyber crimes.

With a huge growth of usage in social media sites in the country, the incidents of cyber cries have risen and specially the harassment of women and the blackmailing have also been registered that is alarming the growth in the last three years.

The Dawn News while quoting the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) which figures released here a reported that during the last three years there has been a huge growth in the cyber crimes especially in harassing women and blackmailing them.

One of the recent reported that said FIA conducted over 2,295 inquiries, registered 255 cases and made 209 arrests in 2018. The figures are very high since the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) which was enacted by the Parliament in 2016 in a bid to curb the cyber crimes.

Usually, the people are not reporting the cyber crimes due to multiple reasons, the officials have said, that the actual number of these report would be much very higher.

FIA officials said that the government recent notice to establish around 15 new cybercrime reporting centres, that could be the situation to control these crimes.

In June, FIA Cyber Crimes Director retired Capt. Mohammad Shoaib has told a Senate standing committee that the agency has only 10 experts that are responsible for investigating the cyber crimes in the country. Where a country with a population of over 222 million we only have 10 cyber experts in FIA.

In January 2018, FIA has launched a cybercrime reporting website.

As per FIA report, its Cyber Crime Circle received 2019 complaints in 2017. These complaints were related to three major categories: 1,592 or 76 per cent are related to blackmailing, harassment and defamation through social media, 307 or 14 per cent are related to financial fraud, 116 or 5 per cent are regarding threatening calls and the remaining 186 are pertaining to email hacking, spoofing etc.