NCRB reports that Bangalore reported a four-fold increase in registered cybercrime cases from 2017 to 2019.
Bengaluru cyber police reported that they registered more than 10,500 cases of cybercrimes in the year 2019. This was an exponential rise from 2700 cases in 2017. Money frauds, personal revenge and sexual harassment are the top motives of the criminals, reported NCRB. It said that the cyber police disposed of over 60 per cent of the cases in India.
Cybercrime falls under the IT Act, 2000 and includes all kinds of online threats, matrimonial frauds, OTP scams and sexual harassment. The offender can be jailed for up to three years for a crime violating cyber security.
Abhishek Mitra, CEO of Indian Cyber Security Solutions said, “The technology is developing rapidly and these days most organisations suggest a double password security. The problem is lack of awareness amongst users for the same. After digitalisation, we should be more careful regarding the sites and the links we share our personal information on.”
In March 2020, 30 police personnel underwent a two-day capsule for skill enhancement from the Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT-B). The police said that identifying cyber criminals is a difficult task because the screen provides them anonymity. Therefore, the department was working on developing more efficient means of keeping track of all cybercrimes.
Trisha Mutappa, a victim of cybercrime, said that the youngsters are vulnerable to being a victim of cybercrime because they are always on social networking applications.