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

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for January26th- February 7, 2021

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British woman in Dubai had a spat with flatmate over sharing dining table as workspace during Covid 19 lockdown period, sends indecent word over WhatsApp chat and gets detained by police.
https://www.gulte.com/trends/57487/uk-woman-jailed-in-dubai-for-f-word-on-whatsapp

Serbian man charged with creating fake investment farm and duping several others especially from USA, is extradited to Dallas to face the federal prosecution. FBI reports that several women were also involved as conspirators in this money laundering case.
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/crime/article249044535.html

US senators introduce Safe Tech Act in the wake of January 6 riot over US Capitol in Washington to limit the power of S.230 of the Communication Decency Act which shield web companies from liability for contents posted by users. This is expected to make the web companies more liable for cyber stalking , online harassment etc.
https://o.canada.com/pmn/news-pmn/crime-pmn/u-s-senators-propose-limiting-liability-shield-for-social-media-platforms

Arunachal man in India complaints to the police about creation of fake profiles in the name of his wife which shared obscene and indecent posts. On investigation and with the information from Facebook, police arrests local woman who allegedly created the fake profile.
https://arunachal24.in/arunachal-women-arrested-by-papumpare-cyber-crime-police-for-posting-obscene-messages/

E commerce platform Myntra changed its controversial logo as Mumbai police receives complaint alleging that the logo insults women.
https://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/myntra-changes-its-offensive-logo-starts-a-meme-fest-online-2361289

Cape Town woman loses money in romance scam. Two suspects gets arrested and they would be appearing in Bellville Special Commercial Crime Court, Cape Town
https://www.iol.co.za/news/south-africa/western-cape/woman-loses-fortune-in-love-scam-7f52186e-3163-4b61-8aaa-b05dcd2e8d0f

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for January 18th-January 26th, 2021

Happy 72nd Republic day of India (picture courtesy : internet)

UK man found to have downloaded and possessing horrific child abuse including sexual abuse videos, adult porn contents. even after pleading guilty under Sex offenders Act, he escaped jail sentence. stakeholders fear for reoffending.
https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news/crime/tranent-pervert-was-caught-haul-sickening-child-abuse-images-and-bestiality-porn-3112250

Former security technician from US arrested and pleads guilty for secretly accessed women customers home security cameras breaching company’s privacy and confidentiality policies towards customers.
https://www.securitymagazine.com/articles/94418-adt-technician-hacked-hundreds-of-customers-security-cameras

Delhi based Nigerian woman dupes another female divorcee through romance scam in India, gets arrested.
https://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/mumbai/crime/kurla-woman-loses-rs-17-lakh-to-cyber-criminals/articleshow/80427759.cms

West Buechel police investigates and arrests two women on charge of organized cyber crime for money laundering, card frauds and identity stealing.
https://www.wdrb.com/news/west-buechel-police-arrest-2-women-in-cyber-crime-case-involving-stolen-identities/article_ea9f18f8-5a9a-11eb-87fa-a76b12c9375c.html

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for December 21st – January 6th, 2021

Let 2021 be a healthier year
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Allahabad High Court in India refuses to quash FIR against the husband who uploaded nude pictures of wife on internet
https://www.livelaw.in/news-updates/allahabad-high-court-quashing-fir-whatsapp-posting-nude-snap-wife-167637?fbclid=IwAR1HYveTOKJhK0mCHJ4crcypfjVDBi0qlWiKrAWznAeyWKSK67ZcJBH_WVE

Senators in the US introduces Stop Internet sexual exploitation Act which aims for strict regulation of internet platform which hosts pornography. Critics apprehend this will impact on online sex work.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/12/pornhub-squarely-targeted-in-bipartisan-bill-to-regulate-sex-work-online/?fbclid=IwAR2SQwxLJkzVp70noMvqiPs4s_db11heXSYtCjc6Aotlz8zbDghtRzEVx-0

Essex man who hacked into the Snapchat accounts of girls and young women from different countries including UK, Australia, Hongkong, Romania etc and forced victims to share their intimate images with him, gets arrested, charged and finally gets jail sentence for 11 years.
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-essex-55549628

India sees steady growth in deepfake porns and growing numbers of girls and women and victims.
https://lifestyle.livemint.com/news/big-story/deepfakes-when-seeing-is-not-believing-111609504596030.html

Stakeholders warn that custom made clothes ordered through online platforms are becoming gateways for privacy violation for women.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2021/01/05/amazon-tshirt-body/?fbclid=IwAR1CVvgfVT8tcOj8AwlOljhxgcr5nNybwQAeDKan8QYKZbW8DYnuTYCVYwQ

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for December 15th- December 21, 2020

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Japanese man allured women with suicidal tendencies through Twitter to kill them and hid body parts in his apartment. Arrested in 2017, this Twitter killer gets death sentence for murdering.
https://www-bbc-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.bbc.com/news/amp/world-asia-55313161?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQHKAFQArABIA%3D%3D&fbclid=IwAR2ppKBDUR9QsUMmOfZQ1W8fkS0O8-DlkWsJzzxweQtGuKibamXsYuXEvOs#aoh=16080903667883&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bbc.com%2Fnews%2Fworld-asia-55313161

Uber refuses to share the data about sexual abuse cases involving Uber drivers on the basis of protection of privacy of victims. California Public utility commission rejects the said ground and slaps $59 million on Uber.
https://www.google.com/search?q=California+Public+Utility+Commission&rlz=1C1CHBF_enIN919IN919&oq=California+Public+Utility+Commission&aqs=chrome..69i57&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

Federal Trade Commission reaches out every social media company to provide explanation as to what private data of users are collected and why.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/12/ftc-kicks-off-sweeping-privacy-probe-of-nine-major-social-media-firms/?fbclid=IwAR27xPWnAaFmDwEdbgfXHpHdBWQ6vWAAZCqmhY3NrG00DTvDvaYGya6c1Jo

A private law website in India receives ‘urgent removal’ removal request for a court judgement from the official incident reporting ID of Computer emergency response team. Cyber secueity infrastructure of top government websites are questioned.
https://www-indiatoday-in.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.indiatoday.in/amp/technology/news/story/cert-in-employees-use-official-incident-reporting-id-to-ask-website-to-censor-indian-court-order-1749417-2020-12-14?amp_js_v=a6&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D&fbclid=IwAR2Rrs0TTJJjaVBXO89N9GzMZyynj6g0HPoABLmaPkoiazPac6BKQkrf0RA#csi=1&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.indiatoday.in%2Ftechnology%2Fnews%2Fstory%2Fcert-in-employees-use-official-incident-reporting-id-to-ask-website-to-censor-indian-court-order-1749417-2020-12-14

Victim of physical gang sexual assault in Egypt files compliant with the concerned government agency and gets more threats. On her social media outrage, Egypt Prosecution orders for seven accused.
https://egyptianstreets.com/2020/12/18/sexually-assaulted-and-threatened-egypts-public-prosecution-orders-arrest-of-seven-men-in-mit-ghamr-assault/

Jobless man from Hyderabad, India allured woman by impersonating, collected her personal data and photograph. When the victim refused to chat over Facebook, the accused allegedly threated to share her nude pictures. Police arrests the accused and slaps charges under Sections 66C, 66D, 67 of the IT Act and 354, 506, 509 of the Indian Penal Code.
https://www.siasat.com/hyderabad-man-arrested-for-stalking-blackmailing-women-on-social-media-2047366/

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for November 9th-December 14th , 2020

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Let ‘Orange the world‘ campaign bloom every where always

Iraninan woman who underwent numerous plastic surgeries to look like Angelila Jolie. get 10 yeaps of imprisonment sentence. She was earlier detained by the police on charges of Cultural crimes and social moral corruption.
https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/iran-woman-zombie-angelina-jolie-sahar-tabar-sentenced-10-years-jail-1749051-2020-12-13?fbclid=IwAR09hy5UDRhr–KFu22quV0GizQJ3EpK7ulB1R7Phcs5JXdA4d15mvQqodM

Egyptian photographer gets arrested for a private photoshoot of model in ancient Egysptian dress in the background of 4,700 year old pyramid in the archeological zone.
https://www.india.com/viral/egypt-arrests-photographer-over-pyramid-of-djoser-photoshoot-of-model-dancer-salma-al-shimi-wearing-ancient-costume-4238095/?fbclid=IwAR3WB87LrGsg6MNPadzNR1jI-TovlxYYprluiIEmtoO9UeUi76nlve3nZuQ

Woman from Rajasthan, India, believed her Facebook male friend, left home and reached another city in the wee hours. Gets trapped by suspicious person who wanted sexually harass her. Police team rescues her. But Facebook friend remained ‘non responsive’ through out her stay in the new city.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/raj-girl-left-in-the-lurch-by-fb-friend-rescued/articleshow/79712067.cms

Police sub inspector in Ahmedabad, India takes phone number of woman complainant in the process of investigation of a case lodged by her, then sends message to her and allures her to come down to a hotel for ‘personal work’ and attempts to rape. The sub inspector gets arrested.
https://indianexpress.com/article/cities/ahmedabad/sub-inspector-arrested-for-rape-attempt-on-woman-in-ahmedabad-7100663/

Man in Pune, India stalks and dupes women through online dating sites. he impersonated as manage for massage parlor, used photographs of foreigners to gain confidence. Police arrests him with charges for stalking, harming modesty of women with word gesture etc under Indian penal Code and for transmitting obscene materials over digital telecommunication platforms under Information technology Act, 2000 (amended in 2008).
https://www.hindustantimes.com/pune-news/man-arrested-for-stalking-women-through-online-dating-sites-in-pune/story-7uNxTdDikHqujuLTPP0LIK.html

Federal Investigation agency, Pakistan arrests man who was charged with offence of managing porn site from Hyderabad, Pakistan. He was recruiting women by misleading them and using them to make calls to international clients.
https://www.geo.tv/latest/323586-man-arrested-by-fia-from-hyderabad-for-allegedly-managing-porn-websites

UK sees sky rocketing of revenge porn cases during pandemic time in 2020.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/revenge-porn-covid-domestic-abuse-b1770059.html

Bangladesh police says 80% of the cyber bullying victims are women and girls
https://www.thedailystar.net/country/news/80-cyberbullying-victims-are-women-cyber-crime-division-dmp-2009017

A 17 year old veteran Fesno, California police officer gets jailed for allegedly possessing child porn material.
https://www.fresnobee.com/news/local/crime/article247739800.html

Makkah criminal court holds virtual session for sentencing Arab national with imprisonment for one and half years for impersonating woman on social media platform, publishing her photos and threatening to make her other photos public.
https://saudigazette.com.sa/article/601236/SAUDI-ARABIA/Jail-for-Arab-national-for-blackmailing-young-woman-on-social-media

School in Ahmedabad, India receives threat mail threatening to release morphed pictres of girl students online.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/new-mail-threat-to-school-prelim-exams-cancelled/articleshow/79699828.cms#:~:text=AHMEDABAD%3A%20Prelims%20exams%20of%20students,email%20received%20on%20Friday%20morning.&text=School%20principal%20Binu%20Thomas%20said,charged%20up%20to%20assist%20students.%E2%80%9D

Former High court Judge of India Justice Karnan gets arrested for insulting women judge and women family members of the male judges through WhatsApp and Information communication technology platforms.
https://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/former-hc-judge-c-s-karnan-arrested-for-insulting-sc-judges-women/story-w6TZS2WATU91lEiojH737M.html?fbclid=IwAR36p6sbJAOejlRm4Bwu_A-xl0Cw0GLnP0UixdFi7WBrL7ZB7a2rmsKyLJ0

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for October 28- November 8th, 2020

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Thailand uses its Computer Crimes Act to ban 190 websites including Porn Hub as pornography is declared illegal in the country.
https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/thailand-bans-pornhub

Police unearths vicious net of cyber fraud who was operating through fictitious call center to play job fraud duping women and men in India
https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/software-professional-dupes-over-700-job-aspirants/article33033997.ece

Deepfake detection company detects bots on Telegram which undresses women and creates nude images
https://theconversation.com/can-the-law-stop-internet-bots-from-undressing-you-149056?fbclid=IwAR0nbMYiTUCL4gVZtunYs6e8Gv40c9A-47T97hPSprmakqcsKDoh68KgmUo

Goa Police in India arrests actress Poonam Pandey for shooting nude video which she had posted on social media
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/poonam-pandey-arrested-in-goa-for-shooting-nude-video/articleshow/79065441.cms

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for 2020 August 25-September 19,2020

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US successfully extradites Ghanaian woman who is charged for million dollar business email frauds and romance scams targeting elderly people.
https://www.myjoyonline.com/news/crime/ghanaian-woman-extradited-to-us-to-face-over-10m-fraud-related-charges-and-sakawa/

Reports suggest most of the porn sites lack in internal policy to remove illegal deepfake porn clippings: court rulings fails to restore justice for victims for noncooperation of porn sites.
https://www.wired.com/story/porn-sites-still-wont-take-down-non-consensual-deepfakes/?fbclid=IwAR1JvtkQ0oNfVxyKIc1pw0LSknfZA_fhzuL58JAHD6DSP3revvpe-Lgv3CU

Federal investigation agency, Pakistan teams up with Facebook to check cyber crimes against women
https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/716664-fia-facebook-agree-to-collaborate-on-cyber-crimes-againt-women-children

Sextortion case lodged against youth in Bangladesh under Pornography Control Act. He used to harass adult women by threatening to release secret images/clippings of them on worldwideweb.
https://www.dhakatribune.com/bangladesh/dhaka/2020/09/19/youth-arrested-for-blackmailing-women-with-fake-pornographic-contents

Hacker who hijacked several computers including android systems in handheld devices, captured and stole intimate photographs of women. Gets strict punishment and retraining orders from the court under various provisions in UK.
https://www.echo-news.co.uk/news/18733117.westcliff-man-jailed-hacking-sharing-hundred-intimate-pictures/

Irked by increased tendency of passengers and journalists (including civil journalists) to click co-passengers including celebrity passengers, DGCA, India sends strict notice to airlines threatening to take strict legal action if the later fails to prohibit all( on board while embarking or disembarking) from photographing. It also says, accused passengers may face travel ban too.
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/airline-crew-who-fail-to-stop-photography-on-board-could-face-termination-passenger-could-be-banned-dgca/articleshow/78074151.cms?fbclid=IwAR1axpjdH2JRZqPDfH2KtgRkRthDTvjuaeZm8kj8iL8Zy_ETgWTIqkbOnmU

Covid test results of female celebrities get leaked. Privacy infringement reaches new height in India
https://www.ndtv.com/entertainment/why-asks-angry-amrita-arora-after-sister-malaikas-covid-test-result-is-shared-online-2291659?fbclid=IwAR3EjV9hKJdrA7aJ3J0u1YO1i0ueXjmxZ5K_iXkhw3mu-_27wpMzeJ14gjY

Teen girls are allured by fake female profiles on instagram to share obscene images only to face sextortion in India: police nabs the kingpin in Gujarat, India
https://ahmedabadmirror.indiatimes.com/ahmedabad/crime/rajkot-cyber-crime-cell-nabs-two-youths-exploiting-teenage-girls/articleshow/77869226.cms?fbclid=IwAR3eafGLxK7dMm8N821gYB4jPb9TFmDCImq8JHK5B1e9_jQIShlvhwaQa4w

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for August 16-August 24,2020

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Highcourt in Adamawa, Nigeria sentences woman for 10 years imprisonment for impersonating Senator .
https://dailypost.ng/2020/08/20/yola-court-jails-2-women-for-impersonation/

Phone of Australian actress gets hacked, her personal photos gets leaked over internet: victim files case under Australian revenge porn law which prescribes criminal penalty for upto 7 years of jail term.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-8645783/Actress-Olympia-Valance-confirms-target-ongoing-revenge-porn-attack.html

Bengali women attacked on social media on account of Rhea Chakroborty’s alleged involvement in the case of Susahnt Singh Rajput’s unnatural death.
https://www.deccanherald.com/national/east-and-northeast/ssr-case-bengali-women-abused-on-social-media-commission-seeks-report-from-kolkata-police-874801.html

(Repost) Centre for Cyber Victim Counseling brings out detailed report on use and misuse of WhatsApp in rural and urban places in India (first posted on www.cybervictims.org)

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for August 1-August 15,2020

Happy Independence Day, 2020 (Picture courtesy : Internet )

Egypt prosecutes women influences of TikTok for “violating family values” under “draconian” laws addressing cyber crimes
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2020/08/egypt-survivors-of-sexual-violence-and-online-abuse-among-prosecuted-women-tiktok-influencers/

Police arrests fraudsters in India including two women in a case of online sex racket. Customers were shown photographs of women to allure them to pay money.
https://english.mathrubhumi.com/news/crime-beat/online-sex-racket-busted-in-thrissur-2-women-among-10-arrested-1.4972414

Stakeholders file Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court of India to take action against social media accounts involved in indecent and illicit trading, revenge porn etc.
https://www.barandbench.com/news/litigation/pil-supreme-court-act-against-social-media-accounts-online-trade-of-illicit-content-revenge-porn

Appeals court in UK rules that using of automated facial recognition technology by police violates privacy related laws.
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/08/police-use-of-facial-recognition-violates-human-rights-uk-court-rules/?fbclid=IwAR26Erw5vPf3Sbe6_jSt7K94vCZXTd-TrXlVS5szbVyfBPT5FbsFzXJNLjg

Gender and Internet : Web magazine for Cyber law for women News update for July 26th-August 5th, 2020

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Facebook data miner steals pictures of university students to provide the same to the porn sites for using the same as advertisement for sex workers. Students collectively join hands to approach the porn site and the images thus uploaded non consensually gets taken down in India
https://www.deccanherald.com/metrolife/metrolife-your-bond-with-bengaluru/porn-site-removes-city-students-pics-867735.html

Woman sentenced to 17 years of jail term for online sexual exploitation of children, attempt to trafficking of children online under under Republic Act (RA) 9208 as amended by RA 10364 (Expanded Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act), RA 7610 (Anti-Child Abuse Law), and RA 9775 (Anti-Child Pornography Act) in relation to RA 10175 (Cyber crime Prevention Act) in Philippines.
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1865311/Cebu/Local-News/Woman-sentenced-to-17-years-for-online-sexual-exploitation-of-children

Turkey approves social media law that would demand web companies to post their officers in Turkey to address grievances of social media users including cyber crimes targeting women.
https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1865311/Cebu/Local-News/Woman-sentenced-to-17-years-for-online-sexual-exploitation-of-children

High Court of Kerala, India denies bail for woman activist who posted pictures of her nude body being painted by her children on social media profile on the ground of sexual gratification by using children.
https://www.indialegallive.com/top-news-of-the-day/news/kerala-high-court-dismissed-bail-application-of-ms-fatima-a-s-who-painted-body-of-her-two-minor-children-and-uploaded-video-on-social-media?fbclid=IwA

Bulgarian prime minister accused of conveying message suggesting threatening to burn woman member of Bulgarian Socialist party. The prime minister defended by stating that the same was n impersonating audio record.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/25/bulgarian-pm-boiko-borissov-could-be-investigated-over-audio-threat-to-burn-mep