As India increasingly becomes digitally connected a robust monitoring of internet is mandatory
Prahlad Rao | January 19, 2015 | New Delhi
It was bound to happen. Narendra Modi is most active on internet world and somebody tried to misuse that to con gullible Indians.
Dellhi Police have busted a fake website of the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) under the name ‘Pradhan Mantri Adarsh Yojna’ and arrested the mastermind for cheating several people on the pretext of providing them government loans. Sudipta Chatterjee, the 43-year-old mastermind of the racket, was arrested on Saturday from Howrah, where the network had its base.
He created the fake website (www.pmay-gov.in), projected it as a government one and hosted it on a server based in the US. To confuse the users, the URL had the reflection of a government website and it was listed on priority with Google. Whenever, any online surfer would search this website would figure in the top hits.
Chatterjee had also created other domains by the name of bharat-sarkar.in, govindia.in, CGTMSE-govt.in, CGTMSE-gov.in. He also created similar e-mails by the name of firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
According to the police the fake website was created with the aim of cheating people of their money on the pretext of providing loans. Chatterjee succeeded in duping over 200 innocent people of lakhs of rupees.
However, the question we want to ask is why is that law enforcement agencies act only after hundreds are cheated and somebody complains. In this case it was the PMO itself that had to send a complaint, and after that the Delhi police got into action.
With a boom in e-governance and schemes like jan dhan yojan, more and more people are entering online business involving money. Unless a person is tech-savvy, there is always a scope for falling victim to online fraud, even the educated are not an exception.
In such a scenario, it becomes important that various organizations, both public and private, should hold awareness programmes about online business. Interestingly, Chatterjee had received a call from officials from nic.in (Indian govt’s internet administrator) who asked him to pull down one of the e-mails that was similar to the government mail id. However, the official or the organization did not register a complaint, thus giving a long rope to the conman.
Hence, the most important task for the law enforcement agencies is to be pro-active. They have to scan the web world for fraudsters, constantly monitor the internet for fake websites, mail ids and news. For this the public may have to sacrifice bit of online privacy but in the end it will be beneficial for large number of people.
An active cyber cell is must for the country as connects with Modi’s Digital India.
A user’s guide for online business
Types for frauds
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science and Technology, MoS PMO, Department of Atomic Energy and Department of Space and MoS Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Dr Jitendra Singh on Tuesday interacted with and felicitated the first 20 All India Toppers of IAS/ Civil Services Exam 20
In a major decision, the Government has decided to grant waiver of ISTS charges to Off-Shore Wind Projects and extend the waiver to Green Hydrogen/Green Ammonia. This decision has been taken to facilitate wider execution of offshore wind energy initiatives, to promote the expansion of Green Hydrogen / Gree
Urging use of alternative and cost effective fuels to reduce pollution caused by vehicles, union road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari on Thursday said finding cost-effective fuels is the need of the hour and underlined that use of fuels like bio-CNG and green hydrogen help in protecting the e
The foodgrain production of 3305.34 lakh tonnes is estimated in the current agricultural year 2022-23 – higher by 149.18 LMT as compared to the previous year, according to the Third Advance Estimates of production of major crops released by the ministry of agriculture and farmers welfare.
The AI Supercomputer ‘AIRAWAT’, installed at C-DAC, Pune, has been ranked 75th in the world. It was declared so in the 61st edition of Top 500 Global Supercomputing List on Tuesday at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC 2023) in Germany. It puts India on top of AI S
The ongoing third Environment and Climate Sustainability Working Group G20 meeting (May 21-23) has focused on three aspects: land degradation and reclamation of mining areas, Blue Economy and sustainable ocean management and resource sufficiency and circular economy. Leena Nandan, secretary,