Message from the Commissioner of Police
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the official website of Kolkata Police.
In last few years, e-governance and e-service delivery, both in public and private sector, has expanded substantially. The world is heading towards more and more digitisation and cashless transactions. There has been a rapid rise in usage of social media as well. The cyber space has been expanding at a very large rate. These and other related developments have exposed more and more people to the danger and threat of cybercriminals. Incidents of bank frauds, identity theft, phishing, cyber space extortion, data theft are a few manifestations which affect every common individual. Apart from this, modern and advanced form of cybercrime involving ransomware, range of malwares, dark web, cryptocurrency, black hat hacking has been affecting individuals as well as the organizations. Further, it is pertinent to mention that the forms of these crimes in the cyber world have been rapidly transforming and it is an enormous challenge for the investigators to keep up with these developments.
Thus, cyber-attacks are becoming more pervasive, dynamic, and clandestine with each passing year. It is no longer a minor concern, but has become one of the largest organised crimes.
While Kolkata Police is better prepared to deal with this, it is the individuals, who are more vulnerable and can easily fall prey to such attacks. With exponential digitisation of our lives and increased contactless dealings due to the pandemic, the cybercrime involving the general people is on the rise. People also have limited familiarity to detect and deal with a cyber incident and the lack of published information about how these crimes are committed makes it very hard for people to safeguard themselves.
We must give profound importance to cyber security. Also, it is the need of the hour that all stakeholders must work together. No single organisation has the resources or the expertise to combat the advanced and persistent cybercrimes that are being committed. A vibrant partnership between the public, private sector and community is therefore essential to an effective defense.