Cyber blackmail cases more than doubled in past year: Dubai Police.
The Telecommunications Regulation Authority (TRA) today held a press conference to launch its new campaign in collaboration with "Al Ameen Service" launched by Dubai Police, aimed at promoting awareness on Cyber Blackmail, an increasing problem in the region.
According to Saeed Alhajri from the Dubai Police, in 2014, 212 cases
of extortion and blackmail via social media had been reported compared to 80 in
2013. He noted that this is just the number that the police know of and believes
there are many more cases that go unreported.
Alhajri said: "Criminals use different social media or
matching applications to identify their victims. Then they get them to behave inappropriately
on the screen and either ask them to send photos or record videos. Once the
criminal has the sexual material they blackmail their victim."
When asked if victims are scared to come forward and if there
was a punishment for victims,
that each case was different and treated individually.
The campaign is aimed at educating users in the
UAE on the risks and consequences caused by careless internet use and raising
awareness on being cautious while sharing data on the web.
Alhajri also said that before
2015, in most of the cases the victims were women, however criminals have
developed their techniques and methods and "they know how to trap people" so
the numbers of men and women victims are equal.
Victims of Cyber blackmail range from young teens to
people in their forties and fifties and criminals are often outside of the UAE meaning
that police are working closely with other authorities. Anyone found guilty of extortion
inside the UAE could face a prison sentence of up to ten years.
if criminals can still be caught if they are using a VPN, Alhajri pointed
out that this in itself was a criminal offence: "Manipulating the network is a
crime by itself under UAE law. We have a special article just for this. We don't
look at the case from just one angle, we are waiting for the criminal to fail
on just one fault."
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|Date:||Mar 9, 2015|
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