Close to 12,000 cases related to credit/debit cards and net banking were reported during April- December 2015, Parliament was informed today.
As per the data made available by the Reserve Bank of India, 13,083 and 11,997 cases related to ATM/credit/debit cards and net banking frauds were reported by the banks during 2014-15 and 2015-16 (up to December 2015), respectively, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.
“Over a period, the nature and pattern of incidents have become more sophisticated and complex,” he added.
As per the cyber crime data maintained by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), a total of 5,693 and 9,622 cyber crime cases (which includes cases reported under the IT Act, 2000 and related sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLL) involving computer as medium/target) were reported during 2013 and 2014, respectively.
“The nature of major cyber crimes reported include identity theft, phishing, obscene publication/transmission in electronic form, cyber forgery and cyber frauds,” he said.
Besides, 44,679 and 49,455 cyber security incidents including phishing, scanning, malicious code, website intrusion, denial of service etc were reported during the year 2014 and 2015, respectively, as per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).
In addition, 85,659 and 61,628 spams (unsolicited email) incidents were reported to CERT-In, the minister said.
“NCRB has been maintaining data on persons convicted under Cyber Crime since 2014. As per the data made available by NCRB, a total of 95 persons have been convicted for cyber crimes during 2014,” Prasad said.
The Information Technology Act, 2000 together with Indian Penal code (IPC) has adequate provisions to deal with prevailing cyber crimes in the country.
The act provides for punishment in form of imprisonment ranging from two years to life imprisonment and fine/penalty depending on the type of cybercrime, he said.