Cyber crime has been increasing in Uttar Pradesh, however, the State government seems to have no plan to control it. The number of people arrested on the charges of cyber fraud in 2014 has increased by 103.2 percent comparing to 2013.
A news report published in Times of India (TOI) confirmed that 1,223 computer professionals and hackers were arrested across the state under cyber crime act in 2014, which was more than 103.2% in comparison to 2013. A total of 602 people were arrested in 2013.
TOI published a data of National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) showed that majority of the people were between 18 to 45 years old. Among them, 15 employees or disgruntled employees and 62 business competitors were also held by police. The statistics revealed that 2013 witnessed a 122.5% jump in cyber offences over 2012.
The NCRB revealed that UP had 18.1% share of cases reported under cyber crime during 2014. Moreover, majority of 898 cases lodged across the state under Section 66 A of IT Act were computer related offences. A total of 1,042 cases were lodged under Sections 66 A to 66 E.
Similarly, it also revealed that 36 cases (under Section 65) were registered on charges of tampering computer source documents. Similarly, 371 cases were reported under Section 67 and 67 A to C on the charges of publication or transmission of obscene/sexually explicit material.
According to the news report, in 2014, cyber crime cases were registered for tampering computer source document, hacking (damage to computer resources utility and hacking cases), obscene/publication/transmission, unauthorized access/attempt to protected computer system, obtaining digital signature by misrepresentation and publishing false digital signature certificate, fraud digital signature and breach of confidentiality and privacy. Under IPC sections, 78 cases of forgery, cheating, data theft, criminal breach of trust and fraud were registered.