Here’s the reason behind 60% of the cyber crimes committed in 2020


India reported 50,035 cyber crime cases in 2020, according to National Crime Records Bureau data. Read on to find out what the motive was for nearly two out of every three such crimes

As many as 50,035 cases of cyber crime were reported in 2020, an increase of nearly 12 percent over the previous year, the Crime In India 2020 report by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has revealed.

The NCRB also provides details of the intent behind the cyber crime committed and registered. Fraud emerged as the key ‘motive’ or intent in 30,142 or 60 percent of the total number of cyber crimes recorded in 2020.

Sexual exploitation was next with 3,293 or about 7 percent of the cases, followed by extortion (2,440 cases), causing disrepute (1,706 cases) and personal revenge (1,470 cases). These five motives accounted for 78 percent of the total cyber crime cases reported in 2020.

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 percent of cases reported with fraud as the motive.

Sexual exploitation as the intent behind cyber crime was reported the most in Maharashtra, with 612 cases in 2020, followed by Uttar Pradesh (560) and Assam (483). Extortion as the motive was reported the most in Uttar Pradesh (1,055), followed by Assam (447) and Odisha (175).

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