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Cybercrime cases shooted up by 5% in 2021 from 2020, fraud being the most common motivation

An analysis found that, compared to 2020, there were 5% more cybercrime instances registered in the country in 2021. Only one-third of instances reportedly had charge sheets filed, based on information from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). According to government statistics, fraud was the most frequent reason for cyber fraud, and more than 70% of the 52,974 incidents reported last year came from states like Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh.

52,974 instances of cybercrime were reported in 2021, per a PTI article using information from the NCRB’s Crime in India – 2021 report. When compared to 2020, which saw 50,035 cases, the number of cases increased by 5%, but only 33.8 percent of those cases resulted in charge sheets, making up one-third of all cases reported.

Data from the NCRB shows that of the 52,974 cases of cybercrime reported in 2021, fraud was the driving force in 60.8% of those incidents, while extortion and sexual exploitation accounted for 5.4 and 8.6% of cases, respectively.

Assam, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh accounted for more than 70% of all cybercrime instances reported in the nation in 2021. 10,303 instances were reported in Telangana, while 8,829 cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh. According to the data, 8,136 and 5,662 cybercrime instances, respectively, were reported in Karnataka and Maharashtra in 2021.

The report further states that 648 ransomware incidents were registered in the nation in 2021, while 15 occurrences of cyber terrorism were documented.

Over 24,000 cases of reported cybercrime involved impersonation fraud, identity theft, and the publication of pornographic and vulgar material, according to the report.

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