– Cybercrimes: Cyber crime cases seem to have more than doubled in the last year as a total of 966 cyber crime cases were booked under the Information Technology Act in 2010, as per the general cyber crime data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau. This is a significant increase from 420 cases in 2009, 288 cases in 2008 and 217 cases in 2007. Sachin Pilot, the minister of State in the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology informed the Lok Sabha that 356 cyber crime cases were booked under Cyber Crime related Sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in 2010, a slight increase from 276 cases in 2009. It had registered 176 cases in 2009 and 339 cases in 2007. The number of Government websites being hacked by various hacker groups has however marginally dipped to 219 websites in January – October 2011, as compared to 252 websites in 2010. Around 119 websites were hacked in 2009 and 90 websites were hacked in 2008.
– Unsolicited communications: Milind Deora, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed Rajya Sabha that the total number of complaints on unsolicited calls on mobile phones has dropped to 5979 complaints ever since the telecom commercial communications customer preference regulations came into force on September 27, 2011. Prior to this regulation, around 47,454 complaints were received every month, on an average from March 2010 to March 2011. Also, the TRAI has informed that no complaints had been received regarding access providers refusing registrations to National Customer Preference Registry for the new customers.
– Blackberry Interception: Ministry of Communication and Information Technology has stated that the security agencies are now able to access all telecom services including BlackBerry through the interception and monitoring facilities provided by the telecom service provider. However, the security agencies have intimated that they haven’t been able to decrypt some of encrypted communications into a readable format. A technical committee was setup by the Government to analyse all these issues, however, complexities involved in the issue resulted in committee being unable to come out with unanimous conclusive recommendations. The Indian government had earlier asked Internet service providers and telecom operators to install indigenously developed monitoring equipment in order to increase Internet surveillance. Following this, Research in Motion (RIM), makers of BlackBerry, had given a solution for real-time interception of its BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Enterprise services in October 2011.