SIALKOT -The Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) has expressed concerns as cybercrimes against the exporters are increasing especially against the small industrialists.

Recently, cybercriminals hacked the bank account of an industrialist and transferred US $ 72,000 from his account to an unknown bank account in China.

SCCI Cybercrimes Committee Chairman Abid Ahmed Khawaja revealed that 15 cases of cybercrime have already been forward to the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). He said that the FIA is actively investigating these cases and extending its full cooperation to the affected Sialkot exporters.

He said that most of the cybercrime cases were about the creation of parallel emails, websites, uploading of data of the Sialkot exporters on the fake/parallel websites after stealing the same from their original websites. They hack the emails and withdraw huge money in the shape of hundreds of thousands of US dollars, British pounds , euros and Pak rupees from the exporters’ accounts, causing them the great financial losses, he said.

He said that these incidents are rising in Sialkot, as the affected exporters were reluctant to report their cases to Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) or to Federal Investigation Agency (FIA).

During a recently held meeting of SCCI’s Cybercrime Committee, the perturbed exporters have expressed grave concern and sought the help and full cooperation of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) and Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) in this regard.

He said that the major reasons behind the rising incidents of the cybercrimes were the lack of the advanced skills of information technology and cyber security. He added that FIA’s Cybercrime Circle was giving priority and importance to Sialkot exporters’ cases and making an all-out effort to address these cases.

He also stressed upon the exporters to upgrade their cyber systems besides adopting the advanced information technology (IT) skills to avert further cybercrimes.

Sialkot-based exporter of leather gloves Abdul Waheed, member Executive Committee of Sialkot Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI), thus suffered a great financial loss. SCCI Executive Committee Abdul Waheed said that some unknown accused had hacked his bank account and email ID and transferred the amount to an unknown bank account in China.

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