The number of cyber crimes in the country has increased by 5 percent in 2021 compared to the previous year, says a report. According to data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), only one-third of the cases were charged. Fraud was the most common motive in cyber fraud cases and, according to government data, 70 percent of the 52,974 cases reported last year were from the states of Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh.
According to a PTI report citing NCRB data Crime in India – 2021 Report52,974 cases of cyber crimes were reported in 2021. While the number of cases increased by 5 percent compared to 2020, which had 50,035 cases, the indictment rate in these cases was only 33.8 percent—one-third of all cases reported.
Of the 52,974 cases of cybercrime reported in 2021, data from the NCRB revealed that 60.8 percent were motivated by fraud, while extortion and sexual exploitation accounted for 5.4 and 8.6 percent of the cases, respectively.
Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh accounted for more than 70 percent of cyber crime cases in the country in 2021. Telangana has the highest number of cases
10,303, while Uttar Pradesh reported 8,829 cases. Meanwhile, Karnataka and Maharashtra reported 8,136 and 5,662 cyber crimes in 2021, respectively, according to the report.
Meanwhile, 15 cases of cyber terrorism were reported in 2021, according to the report, while 648 cases of ransomware were reported in the country.
Fraud by impersonation, identity theft and publishing obscene and sexual content account for more than 24,000 cases of cybercrime, according to the report.