NCPA records 72 cybercrimes last six months
By Sulochana Ramiah Mohan
In the first half of 2021, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) has recorded 72 cybercrimes, which technically could reach around 144 cases by the year end, Chairman of the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA), Prof. Muditha Widanapathirana said.
He also said most of the cybercrimes registered are from the areas of Sri Jayewardenepura and Homagama. “I don’t understand why, but most of the cases and cybercrime prevalence is in these two areas,” he emphasised. In 2017, cybercrimes were high in Colombo reaching up to 70 per cent and 30 per cent outside Colombo; however, it is now the other way around.
In 2020, 70 per cent of the cybercrimes were recorded from outside Colombo City and 30 per cent from around Colombo, he added. “What does it reveal? Cybercrimes have spread to every nook and corner of the country,” he said. He said cyber sexual violence has leaped to 80 per cent while non-sexual cybercrimes (cyber bullying) has been 20 per cent according to their latest statistics.
According to him, in 2019, the NCPA had recorded 51 cybercrimes, in 2018, 43 cases and in 2020 it was 152 cases registered. “The NCPA has been operating a Cyber Unit from 2019 but from 2020 they have a Cyber Surveillance unit under which we had monitored and registered 52per cent cases without the knowledge of the person engaged in the crimes.
In 10 months we deactivated many Facebook account holders,” he added. He added that that the cyber surveillance unit was introduced on October 2020 and the NCPA is assigned to first identify the local and arrest him or her. In case they cannot identify the person, they do so through the TRC, SL CERT, Police and though the FB account and arrest him. Then the NCPA will also deactivate their social media account.