With India being home to the fourth highest number of Internet users in the world, cyber crimes under the 2007 IT Act recorded a whopping 50% jump over the previous year. What's more, the majority of offenders were under 30 years of age.
A report by national crime record bureau (NCRB) mentioned the increase in cyber crime with 217 reported cases under the IT act in 2007, registering an increase of 50% from the previous year. It said 46% of the cyber crime comes from pornography followed by hacking activity.
The report said cyber crimes can range from tampering computer document, hacking, cyber pornography to unauthorized access to protected computer documents and false electronic evidence. The report said that cyber crimes are no longer limited to metro cities as only 17 out of 35 mega cities reported 300 cases of cyber crimes.
According to the report, Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh reported the highest incidence of cyber crimes under IPC sections accounting for 87.8% of the total crimes in the country.
In order to combat the increasing cases of cyber crime, this year officers are being trained for six weeks in computer hardware and software, computer networks, communication networks, network protocols, wireless networks and network security at Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University (GGSIPU).
"There is an increase in cyber crimes and our cyber crime cell is looking into the complaints. Our special team officers are working with IT experts to keep a tab on it," Delhi Police spokesperson Rajan Bhagat said.