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Social Media and Cyber Crimes in Pakistan: Facts, Propaganda, Awareness, and Legislation
Cybercrime is a criminal act committed using
computing devices and the Internet. It ranges from
downloading pirated movies to destabilizing national economies. Nonfinancial crimes range from phishing to top-notch crimes such as cyber
terrorism. Comprehensive detail of such crimes has been revealed
through this empirical study. It investigates the level of awareness, crime
sophistication, the extent of the vulnerability, and legislation in Pakistan.
Important aspects of cyber laws in Pakistan have been put forth. The
survey-based study was carried out on university students. Data reveals
that the graduate and postgraduate students being the huge consumers
of SNS are at a higher risk of being prey to cybercriminals. Students
although they have some information on cybercrimes they have very little
knowledge on how to stay safe on the internet. Knowledge of cyber laws
such as PECO is desirable to be made a part of the syllabi.
PhD Scholar, Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
Former Chairman, Department of Media Studies, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan.
Cybercrimes, Technological crimes, Social Media and cybercrimes, Digital Crimes, New Media Crimes