India is fast climbing not only in its Internet accessibility numbers at 300 million users but also in cyber crimes, which have jumped 40% in the last two years, according to a Home Ministry report.
All cyber crime related to hacking, phishing, credit card and banking fraud have increased by more than 40 % annually in the past three years, which requires more attention to curb online crimes, which end up cheating the middle-class and new Internet users in rural areas.
The Home Ministry statistics show that more than 71,780 cyber frauds were reported in 2013, compared to 22,060 recorded in 2012, and the number in 2014 has already reached 62,189 incidents of cyber frauds.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has recently told parliament that there was a need to impose stiff cyber monitoring rules in the wake of growing use of Internet and social media by global terror outfits like ISIS, which is found misused by techies to spread hatred. He pointed out the arrest of Bangalore professional Mehdi Masroor Biswas for operating a pro-ISIS Twitter account, in support of his view to implement strict monitoring mechanism.
Rajnath said the government has already set up a five-member expert group to recommend strategies to tackle cyber crime.
The cyber crime that was new to India a decade ago has mushroomed with increasing number of case from global destinations like spamming, phishing, malicious malware, website hacking, and online banking fraud. Most of these online crimes originated in the US, Turkey, China, Pakistan, Europe, Brazil, Bangladesh, Algeria and the UAE.
Recently, Bangalore police busted an online shopping website BIGSOP.COM that has cheated thousands of gullible online shoppers.
Soon, the home ministry may come down heavily on online freedom and introduce some curbs to restrain online users and social media geeks.