New Delhi: Cyber crime cases in the country registered under the IT Act last year rose by about 61 per cent to 2,876 with Maharashtra recording the most number of cases, Parliament was informed yesterday.
The country had witnessed 1,791 cases registered under the Information Technology (IT) Act in 2011, Minister of State for Communication and IT Milind Deora said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
"As per the cyber crime data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 288, 420, 966, 1,791 and 2,876 cyber crime cases were registered under IT Act during 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively," he added.
Maharashtra registered a total of 471 cases in 2012 followed by Andhra Pradesh (429), Karnataka (412), Kerala (269) and Uttar Pradesh (205) under the IT Act, Deora said.
A total of 176, 276, 356, 422 and 601 cases were registered under cyber crime related sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) during 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012, respectively, the Minister added.
"To address the growing threat of cyber crimes/incidents in the country, government has issued an advisory to state governments and union territory administrations advising them to build adequate technical capacity in handling cyber crime including technical infrastructure, cyber police stations and trained manpower for detection, registration, investigation and prosecution of cyber crimes," Deora said.