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HYDERABAD: Unbridled digitalization, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, has made rural areas of the state vulnerable to cybercrime, said Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Jayesh Ranjan.

Speaking at a cybersecurity and national security conference at the Indian School of Business on Saturday, Ranjan noted that more than 1,000 kirana stores in Hyderabad converted to digital stores within days during the pandemic. “They created their own websites, put their inventory online, created gateways, received and delivered orders,” he said.
“We have noticed an upsurge in cybercrime, especially in rural areas, which have seen rapid digitization during this period. The government has taken steps to raise awareness and stimulate capacity building,” Ranjan said. He also attributed the increase in KYC fraud to lack of awareness. “Even the most tech-savvy people tend to fall prey to cyber crooks,” he said.
Interior Minister Ravi Gupta also stressed the need to organize sensitization meetings among students. Shruti Mantri, director of data science at ISB, said the education and health sectors have been hit the hardest during the pandemic. “In 2021, there was a 75% increase in cyberattacks in the education sector. And that includes stealing data and research materials from students and faculty. The trend has also continued in 2022,” Shruti said. Speaking about the vulnerability of health care, she explained how many people have surfed the dark web to get a vaccination certificate for their international travels. The Inspector General of the Counter Intelligence Cell, Rajesh Kumar, gave a PowerPoint presentation on Cyber ​​Hygiene and National Security. Asked about the lack of action against call centers duping people in the US and other countries, Rajesh revealed that at least 46,000 cases have been solved by the Telangana cybercrime police. . “Of these, only eight or nine were for Telangana and the rest were for other states,” he said.
Rajesh explained that many people with armed forces in Hyderabad were trapped by Pakistani intelligence detectives which compromised sensitive national security data.