Facebook being used to blackmail Pakistan girls

Karachi: As Facebook and other social sites are growing day by day in Pakistan, an important Asian country, hundreds of girls are being blackmailed by the social networking sites forcing them to limit activities to their homes and even to commit suicides.

According to the reports of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) available to The News Tribe, Pakistan largest independent news website, cyber crimes are rampant across the country specially a number of educated, respectable and distinguished girls are being blackmailed.

“About 99 percent of complaints are being lodged by girls that their accounts are hacked and profile picture edited,” FIA sources revealed.

“After that indecent pictures are uploaded on Facebook and other social websites,” they added.

“Hackers also develop fake accounts in the name of these girls and after that use vulgar language while communicating with family members and friends of such girls.”

According to a survey report, there are more than 20 million Internet users in Pakistan and 5 million people use Facebook and other websites.

“FIA’s cyber crime wing receives 70 percent of complaints regarding Facebook,” the sources said and added that hundreds of girls are compelled to leave their education and attracting job after being blackmailed through hacked Facebook accounts.

A popular daily reports that five hackers were arrested on charges of blackmailing of innocent and educated girls via Facebook.

Many edited indecent videos and pictures have been recovered from their possession.

Most of incidents of blackmail occurred after culprits failed to get engaged with any girl or breaking up engagement with that girl.

“As a revenge they hack the accounts to teach a lesson to that girl and her family,” the FIA officials noted.

Many girls have been rusticated from their educational institutes and colleges after their fake porn movies and pictures were developed and uploaded on internet.

According to FIA Cyber Wing Sindh, efforts are being put up to arrest culprits involved in blackmailing of relatives of government officers; so far only a couple of culprits have been apprehended.

In a scenario where the social networking sites have changed lives of people of Pakistani and other countries, it has also affected lives of millions.

In countries like United States, United Kingdom, India, European states and last but not least Pakistan, Facebook has been termed as a security threat emerging as a tool to blackmail people and even risking their lives.

“The major reason behind this growing trend is unavailability of effective laws of Cyber Crime in Pakistan leaving common people at the helm of criminals,” they said.

“Personal data like details, pictures and videos which are uploaded on different social media sites including Facebook is being used wrongly and everyone should be cautious while uploading his or her personal bio data.”

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