Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Dwindling Cyber Crimes

CYBERJAYA: The use of forensic science and high technology by the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) has managed to record a 48 percent drop in the number of cyber crime cases in the country in 2005, compared to the number of cases in 2004.
According to PDRM statistics, a total of 606 cases were reported under the Computer Crime Act 1997 in 2004, involving losses amounting to nearly RM2 million. From January to October 2005 however, the number dropped to 283 cases with losses of RM1.2 million.
For offences under the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998, a total of 149 cases were reported in 2004 involving losses of RM630,000, while the first 10 months of 2005 registered only 58 cases with losses of RM294,000.
Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Deputy Director II SAC Mohd Ali Mohd Yusof said the decline was due to the enhanced competence of PDRM’s Technological Crime Investigation Branch, partly through attending courses on cyber crimes locally or overseas.
“We take both traditional and forensic sciences as well as technical approach, apart from using forensic computer technology; at the same time getting close cooperation from the National ICT Security and Emergency Response Centre (NISER),” he said when speaking to reporters at the Cyber Crimes Investigation and Digital Forensic Workshop here.
The three-day workshop, organised by PDRM, the Multimedia Development Corporation (MDC) and Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, was to enhance the capabilities of cyber law enforcement authorities in carrying out their job.
Mohd Ali said computer intrusion represents only 1.5 percent of the total cyber crime cases being reported and investigated. The bulk of the cases involved unauthorised withdrawal of funds from ATM machines.
For cases investigated under the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998, most fall under Section 235, which covers damage to a communications network, where public phones were vandalised.
He said it would be more challenging in the future with the advent of wireless technology.
“We focus on the use of wireless technology as the investigations involved are more complex and critical,” he said.
(Translated from Berita Harian, Nov 19, 2005)

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