Hacking, phishing, credit card and banking frauds have increased by 40% in the country in the past two years, according to a government report.
A Home Ministry official stated that there has been an annual increase of more than 40% in cyber crime cases registered in the country during the past two-three years. He added that India with a fast growing economy is susceptible to international and domestic cyber attacks and there is a need to ensure cyber crime-free environment.
According to Home Ministry statistics, more than 71,780 cyber frauds were reported in 2013, while in 2012, 22,060 such cases were reported. This number has increase sharply in 2014 with more than 62,189 incidents of cyber frauds were reported.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said in Parliament recently that there was a need to strengthen cyber monitoring in the wake of growing use of Internet and social media by global terror outfits like ISIS to indoctrinate the youth. The Home Minister was responding to increase concerns by MPs in the wake of arrest of Bangalore professional Mehdi Masroor Biswas for operating a pro-ISIS Twitter account.
The Indian government has set up an expert group to chalk out strategies for effective tackling of cyber crime. The five-member expert study group will prepare a road map for effectively tackling cyber crime in the country and give suitable recommendations on all its facets.
The report stated that obscene publication, transmission of unauthorized contents, credit card and banking frauds are the widespread cyber crimes faced globally. Other cases include spam, phishing, scanning, malicious code and website intrusions. Cyber attacks originated from a number of countries including the US, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Europe, Brazil, Bangladesh, Algeria and the UAE.