With the development modern technologies, the nature of crime & modus operandi of criminals have also been changed. Now a days most of the crimes are being committed with the help of computer & internet that is popularly known as cyber crime. Internet and its related benefits those tools and mechanisms are also used by the criminals in committing different forms of crimes, which are well known as cyber crime. Cyber Crimes can be defined as the unlawful acts where the computer is used either as a tool or as a target or as a medium. The term is a general term that covers crimes like phishing, Credit card frauds, bank robbery, illegal downloading, industrial espionage, child pornography, kidnapping children via chat rooms, scams, cyber terrorisms, creation and/or distribution of viruses, spam, crimes related to social media and so on.
To combat such crimes The Information Technology Act, 2000 was enacted with a prime objective to create an enabling environment for commercial use of I.T. The IT Act specifies the acts which have been made punishable. The Indian Penal Code 1860 has also been amended to take cyber crime under its purview. Cyber crime is a new challenge for the Police and other law enforcement agencies to ensure that the users of computer and computer networks do not become victims to this crime and also to take up investigation as per the provisions of Information Technology Act, 2000 and other offences in various other statutes relating to cyber offences, the Chandannagar Police Commissionerate already has its Cyber Cell which is dealing with these matters with efficiency & it is also in the process of establishing a full fledged Cyber Crime police station which will deal with all such offences as mentioned above.