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AP chartbuster in cyber crime

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Andhra Pradesh leads the chart with Karnataka and Maharashtra occupying the top 3 positions in cyber crimes registered under the new IT Act in the country. Interestingly, these three states together contribute to more than 70 per cent to India\'s revenue from IT and IT-related industries, according to a study by Assocham-Mahindra SSG.

Cases set to cross 3-lakh mark by year-end: Assocham study

New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh leads the chart with Karnataka and Maharashtra occupying the top 3 positions in cyber crimes registered under the new IT Act in the country. Interestingly, these three states together contribute to more than 70 per cent to India's revenue from IT and IT-related industries, according to a study by Assocham-Mahindra SSG.

While releasing the joint study on “Cyber and Network Security Framework” Assocham secretary-general D S Rawat said, “What is causing even more concern is that the origin of these crimes is widely based abroad, including China, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Algeria.”

According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), in 2013, 681 cyber crime related cases have been registered in Maharashtra, which has seen a 44.6 per cent rise in cyber crimes when compared to 2012. Andhra Pradesh with 635 cases registered in 2013 has also seen a 48 per cent rise when compared to 2012. Karnataka with 513 cases registered in 2013 has seen a 24.5 per cent rise when compared to 2012.

Uttar Pradesh with 372 cases registered in 2013 is in the fourth place. Kerala is in the 5th place with 349 cases followed by Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Gujarat and Odisha. Rising at alarming rate, the number of cyber crimes in the country may touch a humungous figure of three lakh this year, almost double the level of last year causing havoc in the financial space, security establishment and social fabric, the study warned.

As per the study findings, during 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 years, a total number of cyber crimes registered were 13,301, 22,060 71,780 and 62,189 (till May). Currently, the cyber crimes are nearly around 1,49,254 and may cross 3,00,000 by 2015 growing at compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of about 107 per cent. As per the findings, every month nearly 12,456 cases registered in the country.

These attacks have been observed to be originating from the cyber space of a number of countries including the US, Europe, Brazil, Turkey, china, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Algeria and the UAE, highlighted the study. The Assocham report further said, mobile frauds are an area of concern for companies as well as 35-40% of financial transactions are done via mobile devices and this is expected and this is expected to grow to 55-60% by 2015, adds the study. Credit and debit card fraud cases top the chart of cybercrimes. There has been a six-fold increase in such cases over the past three years.

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