Around 1,630 people were arrested for cyber crimes registered under the Information Technology Act, 2000 and under sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) in the year 2011, reports PTI (via The Economic Times). This announcement was made by Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications & IT, in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
While we weren’t able to locate any relevant reply on the Rajya Sabha website, these arrests are a significant increase from 799 arrests in 2010, 288 arrests in 2009, 178 arrests in 2008 and 154 arrests in 2007.
Arrests: Deora stated that 1,184 persons were arrested for cyber crimes registered under IT Act, 2000 in the year 2011, a significant increase from 799 arrests in 2010 and 288 arrests in 2009. Citing the data from National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), the minister added that 446 people were arrested in the year 2011 for cyber crimes registered under sections of IPC related to cyber crimes, a marginal increase from 394 arrests in 2010 and 263 arrests in 2009.
Cyber Crime cases: 1,791 cyber crime cases were registered under the IT Act, 2000 for the year 2011, as per data from the NCRB. This is a significant increase from 966 registered cases in 2010, 420 in 2009, and 288 cases in 2008.
422 cyber crime cases were reported under sections of IPC for the year 2011, up from 356 cases registered in 2010, 276 in 2009 and 176 registered cases in the year 2008, as indicated by the report.
Website Blocking: Deora also mentioned that the government authority had issued directions to block 310 webpages/ URLs carrying anti-social, anti-national and hateful content, under section 69A of the IT Act, 2000.
Recommendations on Cyber Security:
In a related development, Deora informed the Rajya Sabha that the National Security Advisor has released a joint working report on engaging the private sector to improve the country’s Cyber Security Architecture.
The minister noted that the Joint Working Group had representatives from government departments and agencies like Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Department of Telecommunications (DoT), Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs and Office of Principal Scientific Adviser (PSA) as well as representatives from Information and Communication Technology Industry Association which includes National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), Data Security Council of India (DSCI), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Association of Unified Telecom Service Providers of India (AUSPI) and Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI).
Among the recommendations provided by the joint working group in the report are:
– Setting up of a permanent Joint Working Group under National Security Council Secretariat (NSCS) with representatives from both the government and the private sector.
– Setting up of the Joint Committee of International Cooperation of Advocacy (JCICA).
– The private sector will set up Information Sharing & Analysis Sector (ISACs) in various sectors and co-operate with the sectoral Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) at the operational level.
The Joint working group mentioned that it has identified four pilot projects for collaboration which include setting up of Pilot Testing Lab, conducting a test audit of a specified sector, studying vulnerabilities in a sample critical information infrastructure and establishment of the multi – disciplinary Centre of Excellence. It also stated that the action has been initiated to work out the action plan for the implementation of the above mentioned recommendations.
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