Cybercrimes in India up by 500% in COVID-19 pandemic: CDS General Bipin Rawat

New Delhi:

At the time of COVID-19 pandemic when most of the people were glued to their laptop screen, working from home, there was massive spurt in cybercrimes too. Chief of Defence Staff Bipin Rawat, on Friday, said cybercrimes in India in the pandemic have scaled up by 500 per cent. 

“We need to consider new threats like drones, ransomware, internet of things devices and the role of nation-states,” General Rawat, Chief of Defence MoD on 14th Hacking and Cybersecurity said in a briefing ‘C0c0n’ hosted by Kerala Police.

The CDS also emphasised on the needs to amend the IT Act 2000 with the advent of new technologies including virtual currencies and blockchains. “Data Protection Bill 2019 is yet to reach finality,” he added.

The annual Hacking and Cyber Security Briefing is being held virtually from November 10 to 13. 

According to a report by by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in the year 2020, as many as 50,035 cases of cybercrimes were reported in India, which was an increase of almost 12 per cent compared to the previous year.

Karnataka recorded the most (9,680) cyber crime cases with fraud as the motive, followed by Uttar Pradesh (4,674) and Telangana (4436); these three States account for 62 per cent of cases reported with fraud as the motive.


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