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…
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