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Maharashtra, Karnataka topped cyber crime in 2010

New Delhi(PTI) :Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal o Sunday said Maharashtra and Karnataka topped the list of cyber crimes registered in 2010 with 246 cases and 176 cases respectively.

“With the increase in the proliferation of information technology and related services, there is a rise in the number of cyber crimes and cyber security incidents. The trend in increase in cyber crimes is similar to that of worldwide,” Sibal said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

Maharashtra recorded the highest number of cyber crime cases at 104 under IPC (Indian Penal Code) in 2010 and had registered 142 cases under the IT Act in the same year, putting the combined cybercrime count at 246. Similarly, under the IT Act, Karnataka in 2010 had the highest incidents of 153 cyber crime cases while it had 23 cases in the same year registered under IPC, taking its total tally to 176 cases.

Across the country, 966 cases of cyber crime were reported under Information Technology Act, 2000 in 2010, Sibal said. As per data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau, a total of 288, 420 and 966 cyber crime cases were registered under the Information Technology Act, 2000 during 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively, thereby showing an increasing trend, he added.

To detect traces

Under the IPC, a total of 176, 276 and356 cyber crimes were reported during 2008, 2009 and 2010, respectively. The minister said the government has put in place a monitoring mechanism to detect such cases. “The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) scans the Indian cyber space to detect traces of untoward incidents that poses a threat to the cyber space purely from technical point of view,” he said.

The government has set up such labs in Kerala, Assam, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura, Meghalaya, Manipur and Jammu and Kashmir.

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