There has been a steady increase in the number of cyber crimes reported in the city and investigators were equipped with modern gadgets and forensic recovery tools to tackle the menace, Additional Commissioner of Police (Central Crime Branch) R.S. Nallasivam said on Saturday.

Speaking at a one-day conference on cyber security organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) here, he said having an account in social network site exposed users to cyber attack.

“An analysis of the cases reported in CCB reveals that a majority of the complainants withdrew their complaint on coming to know that the culprit is either an acquaintance or a relative,” he said. Mr. Nallasivam said in the year of inception, the cyber crime cell (of the city police) received negligible number of petitions. “This year, we have received over 750 petitions so far. The nature of complaints varies from cyber bullying to financial frauds. There has been an alarming increase in such cases over the years,” he said.

Complete control over cyber crimes could not be accomplished due to reasons like political/geographical boundaries, lack of uniform law among countries and lack of proper coordination among various stakeholders