VASCO: With 5G telecom service launched in select cities in the country, the DGP Jaspal Singh IPS have warned the public of fraudsters who might use the opportunity for phishing and one-time password-based cheating.
The police have appealed to the public not to share one-time passwords (OTPs) and other sensitive information with strangers who may contact them on the pretext of offering an upgrade from 4G SIM to 5G SIM.
“I want to warn the public of fraudsters who might use the opportunity for phishing and one-time password-based cheating. 5G network will enhance the vulnerability to cybercrime,’ said Singh.
He said that it is difficult to track the accused in cybercrimes because of the anonymity and geography of the crime. Singh said that the dark web is a challenge to both state and central agencies.
“Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched 5G technologies that will further enhance vulnerability because the internet of things will become operational. Your house lock, refrigerator, television and many other devices will be on the internet,” he added.
Jaspal said that sitting anywhere, you can find out whether I need to switch off things which were mistakenly not switched off.
He said that there is no question of a decrease in cybercrimes, and it is a challenge. Singh said that the dark web is an international network, and though governments across the world are trying to cooperate with each other, it is an area where there is not much awareness in law enforcement and even in the knowledge world.