While the Bully by App controversy primarily revolves around Indian Muslim women, it certainly gives us an implication of how vulnerable Indian women are on the Internet in general.
With a steady increase in such incidents in the country, we women are finding it difficult to share personal photos on our social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitter and even LinkedIn.
There is a constant fear that our personal photos may be morphed or used on adult sites or picked up by cybercriminals and used on apps like Bully Bye. The hundreds and thousands of photos of women listed on Bully Baie show that any of us can be next in line.
In the recent Bully by App controversy, cybercriminals from different parts of India identified prominent women (in this case, Muslim women) from various professions like influential women, media, etc. and used their photographs to auction them online. . Forum.
Of course, these photos were collected without the women’s notice. The process is as follows, these cyber criminals first follow these women on their social media platforms and then take pictures of them without permission.
The idea behind the Bulli Bai app was to put these women up for auction for financial gain in return. Fortunately, no such actual auction event has been reported so far.
A similar incident happened last year called the Sully Deal. Nevertheless, photographs of prominent Muslim women were taken from the Internet and listed for sale.
Unfortunately, cyber security experts believe that there is no way to fix such incidents.
Speaking to BGR.in, Satyajit Sinha, Senior Analyst, IoT Analytics, highlighted that objectifying women in the cyber world has been going on for a while. “I remember when Tinder was launched, cyber criminals used to steal photos of women from Facebook to trick users for money by creating fake accounts,” recalls Sinha.
There is no denying that if you are on the internet once, you will always be there. So, how do you control your description or photos from being misused?
Sinha says the only way to not get caught in such incidents is to keep their account private and known only as a friend or follower. It’s not possible again all the time, is it?
It seems that social media giants like Facebook, Instagram, Twitter are aware of how unsafe their platform can be for women. All these platforms have recently introduced tools to lock accounts, make profiles private, etc.
Sinha says, even though social media apps like Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and others offer options to keep profiles private, most users do not use such tools. He thinks, if anyone is worried about their data being leaked, they should either lock their profile or add only people they trust.
Sinha also highlights that “In most cases, these cybercriminals look for data that is readily available on the Internet. Therefore, users should ensure to keep their profile private and add those people or followers whom they know personally.”
Such incidents can be reduced only by bringing in strict investigation process. Sinha thinks that “the government should put in place some verification process for these apps, which should include the process of checking whether the app is genuine or not.”
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