What’s wrong with cybercrime reporting in India, and how to fix it

Cyberlaw experts NS Nappinai and Prashant Mali bring to light the factors afflicting cybercrime reporting in India.

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Indian enterprises and individuals alike are being subjected to a massive increase in cyberattacks and cybercrime incidents. There’s not only a spike in the number of incidents, but also in their audaciousness: In a brazen act of fraud, the world’s tallest statue, the Statue of Unity, was put on sale for USD 4 billion on an Indian e-commerce portal in early April.

In the months that followed, incidents like the Ayushman Bharat large-scale phishing attack and the recent hack of high-profile Twitter accounts have raised one pertinent question: How prepared are we to combat this onslaught from cybercriminals?

To analyze the state of cybercrime reporting in India and figure out what’s keeping people from reporting incidents, CSO India talks to Supreme Court advocate and founder of Cyber Saathi, NS Nappinai and Advocate (Dr.) Prashant Mali, a leading cybercrime lawyer and cyber policy expert. 

A mounting stockpile of pending investigations

The latest data from the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) reveals that of the 49,880 cybercrime cases, only 17,378 were closed by the police – that’s less than 35 percent of the total number of cases.

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