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Cybercrime cases double in 2017, 56% cybercrime cases for fraud motive: NCRB 2017 Report

Cybercrimes in India almost doubled in 2017, according to statistics released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) on October 22. Cybercrime accounted for less than a percentage (0.43%) or 21,796 cases of a total of 50 lakh cognizable crimes in India. Karnataka had the highest rate of cybercrime, followed by Assam, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Uttar Pradesh. India recorded over 9,500, 11,500 and 12,000 cases of cybercrime in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively. The data for 2017 comes after a two-year delay, with the Centre blaming states in providing statistics for compilation. As per the report, “During 2017, 56% of cyber-crime cases registered were for the motive of fraud (12,213 out of 21,796 cases) followed by sexual exploitation with 6.7% (1,460 cases) and causing disrepute with 4.6% (1,002 cases)." Publishing/transmitting of material containing sexually explicit under the IT Act: NCRB has divided this section into three parts. The first two, Section 67A, Section 67B of the IT Act, deal with publishing/transmitting sexually explicit content and depiction of children in a sexually explicit way respectively, in electronic form. The exact offence for the third section was not clearly specified in the report. Publishing material containing sexually explicit act on the internet (Sec67A) Publishing material depicting children in a sexually explicit act (Sec67B) Publication of obscene sexually explicit act in electronic form (not specified in the report) Assam 92 Uttar Pradesh 16 Uttar Pradesh 517 Karnataka 42 Assam 8 Assam 288 Telangana 35 Madhya Pradesh 7 Karnataka 157 Maharashtra 27 Himachal Pradesh 4…

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