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India witnessed 53,000 cyber security incidents last year

Sheetal Sukhija - Saturday 10th February, 2018

NEW DELHI, India - According to information presented to the Indian Parliament, the country’s IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that over 53,000 cyber security incidents were recorded in the country last year.

The IT Minister said that in 2017, over 53,000 cybersecurity incidents including phishing, website intrusions and defacements, virus and ransomware attacks were recorded in India.

In a written reply to the Rajya Sabha, the minister said, “As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), a total number of 44,679, 49,455, 50,362 and 53,081 cyber security incidents were observed during the year 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, respectively.”

He said that the types of cyber security incidents included phishing, scanning/probing, website intrusions and defacements, virus/malicious code, ransomware and denial of service attacks etc.

Adding, “With the proliferation and vast expansion of Information Technology and related services, there is a rise in instances of cyber crimes including financial frauds, using bank cards and e-wallets in the country like elsewhere in the world.”

The minister further stated that based on data maintained by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB), a total of 9,622, 11,592 and 12,317 cybercrime cases were registered during the years 2014, 2015 and 2016, respectively.

According to Prasad’s statement, the government has taken a number of legal, technical and administrative measures to prevent incidents of cybercrime.

He explained that measures include enactment of the IT Act, 2000 that has adequate provisions for dealing with prevalent cyber crimes.

Further, he stated that a National Critical Information Infrastructure Protection Centre (NCIIPC) had been established for the protection of critical infrastructure in India.

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