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Cyber hacking up by 13pc

Propaganda on social media falls by 22pc

Published : 01 Oct 2021 09:54 PM | Updated : 02 Oct 2021 03:02 PM

The hacking rate of social media and other online accounts has increased to 28.31 percent, which was 15.35 percent in 2019. The account hacking rate has increased by more than 13 percent.

On the other hand, in 2019, the incidents of propaganda through social media were 22.33 percent which has come down to 16.31 percent. The information has come up in a report of Cyber Crime Awareness Foundation (CCA Foundation).

The findings of the report were disclosed at a press conference titled, “Cyber Security Awareness Month October Program” at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital's Segunbagicha on Friday.

The press conference was organized by the National Committee on Cyber Security Awareness Month-2021. The “Let’s be Aware and Cyber Smart” program organized by the committee will continue throughout the month of October.

Information System and Control Association’s Dhaka Chapter President Mohammad Iqbal Hossain  said that the number of different types of technology and internet users in the country is increasing at an alarming rate. 

“Along with its positive aspects, its negative aspects are also being widely noticed. The rate of negativity is not only worrying, it is creating fear about the future,” he said. 

Highlighting the report, Barrister Rashna Imam, an adviser to the Cyber Crime Awareness Foundation said that hacking and theft of other online accounts, including social media, has increased alarmingly in 2019-20. 

“A new crime like ATM card hacking has come up in the survey. An age-based cybercrime analysis found that 86.90 percent of the victims were between the ages of 18 and 30. Awareness as well as cyber literacy must be increased,” she said.

Kazi Mustafiz, President of the CCA Foundation said, “The task of establishing a healthy cyber culture in the society cannot be done by the government or any organization alone. It must be done through the collective responsibility of everyone. Policy makers of all types of government and non-government organizations, various social organizations and political parties should take part in this work jointly.”

The National Committee on Cyber Security Awareness Month-2021 has divided the October program into four parts. 

The first week will be on being cyber smart, the second week on phishing prevention, the third week on cyber security career and the fourth week will be on cyber security. 

The organization has informed that this program will continue throughout the country.

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