More than 2,920 fake social media accounts were shut down by the Dubai Police in 2018, which includes 500 accounts for impersonation, as compared to 1,799 in 2017 and 1,899 in 2016.
Brigadier Jamal Salem Al Jallaf, director of the General Department of Criminal Investigation and Investigation, pointed out that the accounts of celebrities and famous people are more likely to face cybercrimes or hacking than the regular ones.
Al Jallaf said that the police are prepared to deal with all kinds of cybercrimes because of the new technologies and smart programmes that help to detect a number of cases and to prevent several crimes.
Cybercrimes are mainly committed for financial exploitation or to cause harm to social media users, said Al Jallaf. He also said that some of the accounts are hacked just for defamation, especially targeting students and businessmen.
Colonel Salim Obaid Salimin, deputy director of the Department of Cybercrime, said that recently, the police launched an awareness campaign on social media ‘Be Aware of Fake Accounts’ aiming at encouraging the users to report to the cops any cases they face.
Salimin advised school students to avoid adding any persons they didn’t know to their friends’ lists, stressing that parents must monitor such accounts, and it should be linked to Email and mobile number.
One of the most common cases is WhatsApp hacking, and the police are working hard to find out new methods to combat such cybercrimes, he noted. Salimin emphasised that the police deal with cybercrimes in accordance with the legal process after getting nod from the public prosecution.
Source Credit: Khaleej Times