KP police book first cyber crime suspect

PESHAWAR - Police in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (K-P’s) Nowshera district claimed Monday to have arrested an alleged offender of the cybercrime bill who blackmailed women on social media.

“29-year-old Mehranullah used to blackmail women on Facebook by uploading fake videos,” the Nowshera DPO said. The suspect gave out names of 15 of his accomplices who were involved in blackmailing victims on social media, the DPO added.

Police also claimed to have recovered a pistol and a mobile phone from the possession of the accused. Further, a case under the recently approved cybercrime bill has been registered against the suspect.

The PECB seeks punishment for facilitating hate speech, cyber terrorism, illegal issuance of cellular SIM cards and electronic fraud. It makes unauthorised access to sensitive infrastructure and information systems punishable with five years in jail and a fine of up to Rs5 million.

Copy or transfer of data without permission may send a person to jail for a period of up to six months and a fine of Rs0.1 million. Illegal access to data is punishable by three-month imprisonment and a fine of Rs50,000, as per the bill.

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