Cyber crime numbers surge along with advance in technology!

By ZRG | Last Updated: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:36

Ritu Raj/ Zee Research Group/ Delhi

Technology may have made lives easier for people, but it has also added to their woes with criminals adopting various innovative means to defraud people. Data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has reflected a sharp rise in the number of crime cases with the total numbers registered under the Information and Technology Act (IT Act) in 2013 shooting up by almost 52 per cent as compared to the previous year.

The total number of cyber crime recorded under the IT Act in 2013 was 4,356 as compared to 2,876 in 2012.

The cyber crime cases show an even larger surge in numbers if cases registered under the Indian Penal Code are considered with the figure hitting 5,508 in the year 2013. However, even with the increase in number of cases, there is no parity when it comes to arrests. Only 3,301 persons were detained by police across the country in association with these cases.
The maximum number of arrests took place in Maharashtra (426) under the IT Act. Andhra Pradesh holds the second position with 296 arrests, while 283 were held in Uttar Pradesh on the third position.

Cyber crime registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has shown a much higher growth rate of 122.5 per cent in 2013 while case registered under IT Act increased by 51.5 percent.

Uttar Pradesh has topped the list when offenses under IPC are considered with 310 cases being registered, which is 604.5 percent higher than the previous year. Maharashtra is placed at number two with 226 cases while Haryana is on third with 116 cases in this category.

Some states have shown an extreme trend of cyber crime cases going down considerably. Goa reported only one case in 2013, while two cases were reported in 2012. Chandigarh has reported two cases in 2013 even as the city recorded no cases the previous year.

In all, 14 states and union territories have registered zero instances of cyber crime. These include Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Jammu & Kashmir, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, Tripura, A & N Islands, D & N Haveli, Daman & Diu, Lakshadweep, and Puducherry.

If offenses under the IT Act are considered, then Maharashtra has topped the list with 681 cases.

Andhra Pradesh with 635 cases and Karnataka with 513 cases are on number two and three, respectively. These three states are famous for their IT hubs and give 70 per cent of their revenue to the country through IT firms.

On the other hand, Manipur and Daman & Diu both have registered one case each under the IT Act.

Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim, D & N Haveli and Lakshadweep have not recorded any cyber crime cases in 2013 under the IT Act.
The national capital Delhi has registered 131 cases of cyber crime, which is 72.4 percent more as compared to 2012. IT hub Bangalore tops the list of cities with 399 cases registered in 2013.

Chart for the story:

Chart for the story:
Exhibit 1: Total number of registered cases
Year Under IT Act Under IPC
2013 4356 1337
2012 2876 601
% Variation 51.5 122.5
 
Exhibit 2: States with maximum number of cases under IT Act
State/UT Under IT ACT
2013 2012 % Variation
Maharashtra 681 471 44.6
Andhra Pradesh 635 429 48.0
Karnataka 513 412 24.5
 
Exhibit 3: States with minimum number of cases under IT Act
State/Union Territory (UT) Under IT ACT
2013 2012 % Variation
MANIPUR 1 0 @
DAMAN & DIU 1 0 @
PUDUCHERRY 5 4 25.0
NOTE: @ indicates infinite percentage variation because of division by zeros
 
Exhibit 4: State with maximum number of cases under Indian Penal Code (IPC)
State/UT Under IPC Section
2013 2012 % Variation
UTTAR PRADESH 310 44 604.5
MAHARASHTRA 226 90 151.1
HARYANA 211 116 81.9
 
Exhibit 5: State with minimum number of cases under Indian Penal Code (IPC)
State/UT Under IPC Section
2013 2012 % Variation
GOA 1 2 -50.0
CHANDIGARH 2 0 @
UTTARAKHAND, HIMACHAL PRADESH 4 0 @
NOTE: @ indicates infinite percentage variation because of division by zeros
 


First Published: Tuesday, July 8, 2014 - 11:36

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