With the increasing use of computers in society, cybercrime has become a major issue. The advancement of technology has made human dependent on internet for all their needs.
Cybercrime is different from any other crime happening in society. The reason being, it has no geographical boundaries and the cybercriminals are unknown. It is affecting all the stakeholders from government, business to citizens alike. In India cybercrime is increasing with the increased use of information and communication technology (ICT).
Cybercrime is a broad term that is used to define criminal activity in which computers or computer networks are a tool, a target, or a place of criminal activity and include everything from electronic wracking to denial of service attacks. It is a general term that covers crimes like phishing, Credit card fraud, bank robbery, illegal downloading, industrial espionage, child pornography, kidnapping children via chat rooms, scams, cyber terrorism, creation and or distribution of viruses, spam and so on.
India recorded 50035 cases of cybercrime in 2020, with a 11.8% surge in such offenses over previous year. This Data story aims to present the complex issue of cybercrimes in India with statistics taken from NCRB report.
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