The top 10 vulnerable districts in India collectively account for a staggering 80 percent of reported cybercrime incidents. The study, outlined in a white paper titled ‘A Deep Dive into Cybercrime Trends Impacting India’ and conducted by the non-profit startup, the Future Crime Research Foundation (FCRF), emphasises the urgent need for enhanced cybersecurity measures and increased awareness among individuals and organisations.
The following districts have been identified as the top contributors to cybercrime in India, along with their respective percentages of reported incidents:
In the case of Bharatpur, for instance, its high cybercrime rate is attributed to its proximity to major urban centers like Delhi and Jaipur, making it an attractive hub for cybercriminal activities. Moreover, the lack of awareness and digital literacy among the population could further contribute to its vulnerability.
Mathura, a prominent tourist destination, faces a significant cybercrime rate due to the financial transactions associated with tourism, making it an attractive target for cybercriminals. Limited cybersecurity infrastructure and awareness among businesses and individuals exacerbate the problem.
Deoghar, despite its relatively small size, grapples with cybercrime due to insufficient law enforcement resources and a lack of specialised cybercrime units. Similarly, limited digital literacy and awareness among the local population make them more susceptible to online scams.
Jamtara, infamous as a hub for cybercriminal activities, particularly related to online fraud and phishing, has developed a culture of cybercrime with well-organised criminal networks operating in the area.
Gurgaon’s high cybercrime rate is influenced by its status as a major corporate and IT hub, attracting cybercriminals seeking valuable data or financial gains. Despite its economic affluence, disparities in digital literacy and cybersecurity awareness persist among Gurgaon’s diverse population.
Alwar, located between Delhi and Rajasthan, serves as a potential transit point for cybercriminals due to its location. Limited cybersecurity infrastructure and awareness in smaller towns within the district contribute to vulnerability.
Bokaro’s cybercrime rate is associated with a lack of specialised cybercrime units and resources for law enforcement agencies, while economic challenges in the region may drive individuals towards cybercrime as an alternative source of income.
Karma Tand’s cybercrime rate is influenced by its proximity to other districts with higher cybercrime rates, facilitating the spread of cybercriminal activities. Limited access to digital education and cybersecurity resources leaves the population susceptible to online fraud.
Giridih, relatively remote and with limited law enforcement presence, is an attractive location for cybercriminal operations. A lack of digital literacy and awareness further contributes to the vulnerability of the local population.
Online financial fraud, including phishing and online scams, accounted for a staggering 77.41 percent of the total reported cybercrimes in India from January 2020 to June 2023, according to the FCRF report.
This alarming statistic underscores the pressing need for collaborative efforts between government agencies, law enforcement, businesses, and educational institutions to combat cybercrime and enhance the overall cybersecurity landscape in India.