Virtual crimes are on the rise, growing stronger in form and frequency, which has resulted in the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau expanding its crime stopping responsibilities as they celebrate their first anniversary.
The newish CCIB has provided the Royal Thai Police with formidable crime prevention weaponry with the bureau forever on the lookout for cyber crimes. They aim to catch criminals, who operate both online and offline. The CCIB is led by Lt Gen Kornchai Klayklueng and was established on September 9 last year. Then, 3 months later, the division engaged in its first crime solving mission on December 22. Kornchai tells the Bangkok Post that the organisation is working on over 2 thousand cases that involves over 3 thousand suspects. The CCIB usually arrests suspects daily.
The bureau’s obligations can be summarised in 5 areas:
- Online fraud and call centre scams
- Illegal trade of prohibited items
- Violation of cyber security
- Exploitation of children and women in pornography
- Online gambling
For #1, the bureau arrested 17 suspects in April, as part of their “shutdown petrol” scam which allegedly defrauded around 300 people by convincing them to invest in a petrol company.
Then, in August, police busted 3 major illegal firearm dealers following raids in Chiang Rai and Khon Kaen. Also, in August, the bureau arrested a suspect who allegedly had been tricking people into paying to get appointments for what turned out to be imaginary Moderna vaccines. Over 50 people were duped by the scam with the scammer causing 200,000 baht in damages.
For #4, the bureau nabbed a woman back in January for allegedly running an application that livestreamed minors performing sexual acts. A number of online gambling operations have also been busted. The bureau has also partnered with the National Cyber Security Agency to design new approaches to cyber security, but the bureau reports they’re understaffed and under-equipped to handle upcoming threats.
The bureau is also working on a system where residents can report cyber crimes and reach out for police help online. Victims of cyber crimes and fans of talking to the police can reach them at email@example.com.
“We can’t totally eradicate cyber-crimes. However, it is within our power to keep the crimes down as much as possible”, says Kornchai.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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