The Director General (DG) of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), Dr Sanaullah Abbasi, said cybercrimes have increased dramatically with the extensive use of the internet and social media. He said the FIA received more than 100,000 complaints from across the country in 2021 and in the first quarter of 2022 the number of complaints reached 60,000.
He said that despite limited resources, the FIA had successfully resolved most complaints and that justice had been served for victims and punishment for perpetrators. Dr Abbasi said he recently addressed the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Information Technology and Engineering held under the auspices of the Dr Abdul Hussain Shah Bukhari Postgraduate Center at of Sindh in collaboration with the Sindh Higher Education Commission. The agency faced many challenges due to its limited resources, he said, adding that he was trying to overcome human and financial problems.
“There is a need to raise awareness among young people about the prevention of cybercrime and the role of the university cannot be ignored in this regard,” he observed. Discussing the cybercrime law, penalties and modus operandi for filing complaints, he noted that the procedure for filing a complaint with the FIA was easy. “Complaints can be filed online by visiting the organization’s website, but the same can also be done by correspondence.”
He said a large number of students have filed cybercrime complaints for which action has been taken depending on the nature of the cases. He added that he also wanted to sign a memorandum of understanding with the University of Sindh to work together on cybersecurity, under which internship opportunities would be offered to graduates and undergraduates of the university.
The FIA DG said that recently 90,000 applications were received from young people across the country for an internship at the FIA, which he said shows job seekers’ confidence in the agency. “We want our indigenous solution to cybersecurity and crime,” he asserted.
Due to Covid-19, the agency’s entire budget was transferred by the government to the Department of Health, following which it said no significant grant had been received by the FIA for the prevention of cybercrime.
He said that cyberspace patrols were also carried out by the FIA and that many social cyber activities had been detected and thwarted by the agency. The FIA DG said the FIA is working to involve university volunteers and internees to educate students and the general public about cybercrime.
He added that with the increasing use of technology and the proliferation of smartphones and gadgets, the number of cybercrime complaints received by the agency from across the country in 2021 has been recorded at over 1,00,000. He said said that in 23% of complaints, the social media website Facebook was used as a medium for cybercrime.
Dr Abbasi said the increase in cybercrime reports was a reflection of the public’s trust in the agency and that not only the general public but also law enforcement contacted the agency because it was the only platform to investigate cybercrime cases and communicate with international law enforcement. agencies.