BENGALURU: The recent incidents of cyber crime, especially credit/debit card skimming, has the Bengaluru city police on their toes. The city police even expressed concern over using cards in ATM kiosks. The recent incident in Bengaluru East, where hundreds of ATM cards were cloned by installing a skimming device and a pinhole camera inside an ATM kiosk, has raised safety concerns while using ATM machines.
According to police sources, more than 300 such cases have been registered with them but only less than 10 per cent have been solved.
On Thursday, City police commissioner Praveen Sood met Reserve Bank of India (RBI) officials in this regard. Sood said, “We discussed how the magnetic strips in the credit/debit cards can easily be skimmed and about the need to introduce a chip, which can probably reduce the chances of card skimming. We also discussed about increasing the security in ATMs following the recent incidents.”
On Thursday, a training session was held at the Commissioner’s office, and police were trained about handling cyber crime cases.
N Ravi, digital banking head of Citibank, Ashok Kutty, vice-president and head of security (India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka) and other resource persons made presentations on the issue. The focus was on detection, investigation, collection of evidence in debit/credit cards and ATM frauds. They also discussed about the social engineering and online tools available for investigators, security setup in banks, cash transit models and new technology innovations in security systems.
Over 35 officers from various police stations, 21 from cyber crime police stations and 22 officials of the Central Crime Branch (CCB), two deputy commissioners, two assistant commissioners, 32 police inspectors, 22 sub-inspectors and 20 lower rank officials were part of the session.