Category: weekly news update on cyber crimes against women and laws

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for June 1- June 30, 2020

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India bans 59 Chinese websites including TikTok , SheIn etc: government cites reasons of national security and privacy issues.
https://www.medianama.com/2020/06/223-tiktok-banned-india-59-chinese-apps/

Lacunae in Korean Communications Standards Commission, which prohibits “explicitly showing or describing specific sexual parts of the body such as male/female genitals, pubic hair or anus” allows more creation and circulation of porn contents including nude body parts of women over live-streams.
https://technology.inquirer.net/101544/freewheeling-sexual-content-the-dark-side-of-s-koreas-internet-broadcasting

Egyptian belly dancer arrested over charge of debauchery. offensive contents were found from the dancer’s TikTok profile which she alleged as unauthorisedly shared and stolen from her phone. Misdemeanors Economic Court stated that the accused had violated family principles and values in Egypt for committing immorality. Dancer decides to file an appeal.
https://www.deccanherald.com/international/world-trending/egypt-court-jails-belly-dancer-for-debauchery-in-social-media-crackdown-854656.html

Jordan police arrests man and his videographer friend who made video and shared it over social media inciting people to rape women who wear revealing clothes.
https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/jordan-two-men-arrested-for-inciting-others-to-rape-women-wearing-revealing-clothes-1.72005981

6 people in Massachusetts who had been former employees of EBay Inc company, have been charged with conspiring to commit cyber stalking and tamper with witnesses as they started threatening a couple, who runs a newsletter on e-commerce by sending anonymous emails, delivering stuffs like live cockroaches, bloody masks etc

https://o.canada.com/pmn/business-pmn/six-former-ebay-employees-charged-with-cyberstalking-massachusetts-couple/wcm/438f59af-0125-4ac8-8cf0-b1f98082ef26

Hyderabad man poses as friend to wife for sextortion and blackmailing in Andhra Pradesh, India, gets arrested on complaint from wife.
https://english.sakshi.com/news/telangana/hyderabad-man-arrested-extorting-rs-1-crore-wife-posing-friend-120389

Pakistan man who worked in a private clinic got arrested for secretly video taped child birthing and other related medical procedures and threatening the clinic owner to share the videos online when the owner terminated his services.
https://tribune.com.pk/story/2246467/clinic-worker-held-videotaping-patients

Thailand unemployed dance teacher arrested by police for possessing offensive images of children in his device.
https://www.chiangraitimes.com/thailand-national-news/teacher-arrested-for-possessing-offensive-images-of-children/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for May 1-May 31st, 2020

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Its not only teen girls, adult women also find their private photos and information accessible by public during lock down.
https://www.huffingtonpost.in/entry/be-it-18-23-or-40-some-men-don-t-grow-out-of-boys-locker-rooms_in_5eb3d316c5b646b73d282acc

Nepali women face sexual objectification and harassment on Reddit: victims’ private Instagram photos are being shared non consensually to harass
https://kathmandupost.com/national/2020/05/07/for-nepali-women-rampant-objectification-and-sexualisation-on-the-internet

Lock down sees rise in the circulation of more “Khemer Porn” on Private Telegram groups in Cambodia, most of which are either non consensual porn or Rape videos.
https://www.khmertimeskh.com/721177/telegrams-protection-opens-gate-to-flood-of-porn/

Indian TikTok star gets multiple charges from different stakeholders for promoting acid attacks on girls on the issue of jilted love affairs on TikTok
https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/multiple-complaints-filed-against-tiktok-siddiqui-for-video-showing-jilted-lovers-acid-attack-99763

Philippino mother arrested for live streaming sexual abuse of her minor children : if proved guilty, she may face life imprisonment too.
https://www.rappler.com/nation/262424-mother-arrested-online-sexual-exploitation-children-caloocan

13 women including 12 girls are rescued from cyber sex den in Bhutan: victims were forced to act in shows which would be video graphed as per the customized demands of the porn customers.
https://philippineslifestyle.com/baby-12-others-rescued-from-cybersex-den-in-butuan/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for April 7-April 20, 2020

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Fiji reports high rate of revenge porn cases during Covid -19 lock-down. Women feel trapped in revenge porn cases as limited police resources fail to provide effective remedy
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/15/it-sticks-to-me-like-a-disease-fiji-grapples-with-revenge-porn-as-internet-use-booms

Minnesota Court of Appeal rules that State Revenge porn law is unconstitutional
https://www.wctrib.com/news/crime-and-courts/5032097-Court-of-Appeals-calls-revenge-porn-law-unconstitutional-as-it-rules-in-favor-of-woman-in-Kandiyohi-County-case?fbclid=IwAR0n3aKLQMZ8TR9RWIS9kTXAjevgVhCR4NMPDErf6b5vnJIruHhN_0PhEiI

Good news for women victims of cyber crimes in India : Vishakhapatnam police chief takes strict action against police officers who could not resolve cases of cyber crimes against women within due time, deleted data without informing the victims.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/visakhapatnam/visakhapatnam-police-chief-suspends-two-cops-from-cybercrime-police-station/articleshow/75216692.cms

Beware women! police warns about #Sareechallenge which may lead women to be victims of sextortion, non consensual porn, deep nude.
https://www.opindia.com/2020/04/cybercrime-social-media-pictures-saree-trends-website-nude-blackmail-pornography/

Delhi University faculties receive harassing obscene messages amidst running classes on Zoom.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/delhi-news/du-teachers-complain-of-harassment-abusive-posts-during-online-classes/story-cLVokQNgV0yNG2M67bC4EL.html

Saudi social media prankster man arrested for sharing images of providing tea made with toilet water to unsuspecting wife over social media .
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11369892/social-media-arrested-sick-viral-prank/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for March 17-April 7, 2020

On behalf of Centre for Cyber Victim Counselling (www.cybervictims.org), we urge all our readers to stay safe and not to share any fake news. Also, please do not use online platforms to generate any harassing content, revenge porn materials, non consensual porn materials bullying, trolling contents etc to harass women and girls. Stay safe. Let others feel safe...

Dr.Debarati Halder

Social media and Whats App being used for spreading fake news and harassing information targeting women travelling from across the countries.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/mar/25/stop-harassing-her-tn-woman-approached-hospital-on-her-own-didnt-resist-quarantine-says-friend-2121174.html

Amid Corona scare and lock-down, South Korea sees rising of online sexual abuse of women and girls especially through cases like Telegram NTH room
https://meaww.com/molka-scandal-telegram-nth-room-south-korea-needs-to-do-more-combat-sex-crimes-against-women-girls

Online meetings and classes through platforms like Zoom expose more harassment targeting women
https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/security/video-chats-familiar-forms-online-harassment-make-comeback-n1168806?fbclid=IwAR0rgYLYulrbz9LE9Q0BKnPw0Cxw3Wg7_n4Mpa3DeuaRptAa973Bp2_wbpY

With more usage of Zoom, private video sessions including sessions with therapists, family , friends etc and names and phone numbers get exposed.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/04/03/thousands-zoom-video-calls-left-exposed-open-web/?fbclid=IwAR1M3yRTYKqUuDJhP0rZLz_z8yDcwrZ5CgQN2yzlsgGA2awhPIEOF31CQlA&utm_campaign=wp_main&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook

Cyber security loopholes get exposed in all online platforms including web company giants like Google, Facebook etc.
https://www.politico.eu/article/privacy-agenda-threatened-in-wests-virus-fight/?fbclid=IwAR2BhQ8NHVZB1yNrob6UPRgGtsfOdQcrId1rRSRaoFXtRF8KLcpCAvvTAUQ

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for February 17-March 16, 2020

Case against man in Scotland who had alleged to have sent naked videos of himself and contents showcasing sexual acts performed by himself to woman, gets deserted, prosecution comes to an end without the facts being determined and he is allowed to walk free because witnesses for the prosecution failed to depose.
https://www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk/news/crime/case-deserted-against-hawick-51-year-old-accused-sending-woman-videos-himself-performing-sex-act-1887132

Bangalore court rejects bail petition of Nigerian man who had duped 44 women he met on marriage portal
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/bengaluru-nigerian-accused-of-cheating-44-women-denied-bail/articleshow/74296918.cms

Man joins Whatsapp group in India, post data mining, gets number of target female victim and allegedly continues to send sexually harassing contents in Hyderabad, India and gets arrested.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/hyderabad/2020/feb/26/tamil-nadu-man-harasses-woman-in-hyderabad-held-2108542.html

US woman ends relationship with a Dubai based Egyptian, sends strong mail against the later’s online abuses including sending her pornographic images of himself, sexually explicit images and texts via messages : resultant, the woman is charged with slander as per the UAE laws and arrested.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/melissa-mcburnie-arrest-uae-strong-language-explicit-messages-us-national-a9367381.html?fbclid=IwAR3d5kgmNJWK0yGKVaL08O96JuO_RCM_xSkieZZxNgGnvFIz-E5tnFE9y9E

Pornhub, world’s biggest porn site fails several victims of rape, revenge porn and nonconsensual porn in its practice of due diligence. Activists and stakeholders point out that thousands of rape, sexual assault videos are consumed over this platform.
https://www.theguardian.com/global-development/2020/mar/09/worlds-biggest-porn-site-under-fire-over-videos-pornhub?CMP=share_btn_fb&fbclid=IwAR0llaaHI65m5K9zECr3XYAmRD_ZHzUFyM1YY8WOT6-gAs9JcFWwPlYxFyI

Dating apps are used by men to rob, sexually assault women in real life in the US
https://www.wusa9.com/article/news/local/maryland/masked-men-posing-as-women-on-dating-apps-to-assault-victims/65-32860767-6a58-4220-ad84-bbe8d42d934b

3 women get prison sentences and order for hefty payment for live streaming of child abuse in lieu of money from regional trial court in Lapu Lapu in Philippines.
https://cebudailynews.inquirer.net/289203/3-mothers-from-lapu-lapu-city-plead-guilty-to-online-trafficking-charges

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for February 10-February 16, 2020

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Women victims of sextortion, fake profiles, non consensual porn in Nepal suffer silently as law and the police fail to nab offenders sitting in different jurisdictions.
https://www.nepalitimes.com/banner/crossborder-cybercrime-and-punishment/

2020 valentines week saw romance scammers victimizing vulnerable older single women, war widows and heart broken widowers in Australia
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8001801/Love-scammers-swindle-MILLIONS-vulnerable-women-pretending-soldiers-widowers.html

Mexican woman violated and virtually abused even aftr hear death when news media portals share images and videos of her unskinned mutilated body over digital platform. Agitated stakeholders blame the ill drafted laws which failed to prevent circulation of objectionable of video of women by web portals.
https://www.headlinesoftoday.com/news/world-news/mexico-in-outrage-as-picture-of-mutilated-body-of-a-murdered-woman-published.html

Man and his female acquaintance arrested for blackmailing businessman in Pakistan for his objectionable private videos that were alleged to have been deceitfully captured by two women from the same gang.
https://www.dawn.com/news/1534111/man-woman-arrested-for-blackmail

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for January 27th-February 9, 2020

In a first, Madras High Court refuses to quash a case against Airtel as a service provider and directs the trial court to conduct trial for finding out liability of the service provider for continuous sending of unwanted messages of sexual nature to an Airtel subscriber.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/obscene-messages-airtel-to-face-trial-as-hc-refuses-to-quash-case/articleshow/73944935.cms

Basildon Crown Court, UK awards 32 months jail sentence to man who hacked into iCloud and leaked private images of women and girls online. The prison sentence is awarded in relation to 12 computer misuse offences, nine counts of voyeurism and five counts of taking indecent images of children.
https://digit.fyi/suffolk-man-jailed-for-hacking-icloud-and-sharing-indecent-images-online/

Saudi divorced woman arrested for ‘indecent’ posts on social media which includes encouraging women to leave their husband when certain demands are not fulfilled, hosting matchmaking, showcasing women dancing and smoking in public. The activities have been considered as criminal activities as per Saudi laws.
https://stepfeed.com/saudi-woman-arrested-for-posting-illicit-content-on-snapchat-8974

Two men from a reputed family in West Bengal target 182 women by way of stalking, hacking, voyeurism etc. Police arrests the offenders under several provisions of Indian Penal Code, Information Technology Act
https://news.abplive.com/tv-show/sansani/kolkata-men-arrested-for-blackmailing-182-women-sansani-1155439


Woman CEO receives constant vulgar messages from fake email ids. Accused arrested for cyber stalking in India
https://www.deccanchronicle.com/nation/current-affairs/080220/saree-designer-cyberstalks-woman-ceo-arrested.html

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for January 7th-19th, 2020

Canadian court awards sentence for payment of compensation for reputation damage by woman who allegedly destroyed ex boyfriend’s reputation by posting about the latter on Instagram allegedly describing him as alcoholic cheater and containing sexually transmitted disease.
https://www.sacbee.com/news/nation-world/world/article238980818.html?fbclid=IwAR2c-8sFVYhAgYZTQf5YJXb6Qr01tRMBvnSBWciXO4r58KVqvRKtKd_XKdE

Thousands of women’s images are illegally shared from their Tinder accounts possibly for major online sexual assaults and catphishing.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10768285/tinder-pics-stolen-cyber-crime-fake-profiles-catfishing/

Scottish police buys new devices exclusively for data mining for the purpose of crime investigation
https://au.lifestyle.yahoo.com/2020-01-16-scottish-police-device-data-mining-password.html

BTech student from India sends friends request to woman only to collect personal photographs from her social media website and morphed the same for creating nude images. Accused arrested when mother of the victim complained to the police for sharing profiles containing nude images of the victim.
https://www.thehansindia.com/telangana/hyderabad-btech-student-held-for-sharing-morphed-photos-of-women-online-598041