The government needs to strengthen laws in view of huge rise in cybercrimes threatening the country, Supreme Court judge Justice Dipak Misra said. Also Read - PUBG Mobile: Grandson uses Rs 2.3 lakh for in-game purchasesAlso Read - Elon Musk slams Twitter and Google for rising scams, fake bots
“When the good exists, the evil has to be around. That idea has provoked some to abuse the internet. Instances of cyber crime are on the rise and that is quite threatening. “The growth of registration of cases under Information Technology (IT) Act along with the offences under other penal laws has become a menace to the society. The rate of offences has grown by 350% from 2011 to 2015,” Justice Misra said while addressing the ‘International Conference on Cyberlaw, Cybercrime and Cybersecurity’. Also Read - Online scam: Bengaluru man loses Rs 95,000 after ordering a 'pizza' from Zomato
Noting that various countries have taken manifold steps to strengthen laws to prevent internet crimes, the judge said, “It is the obligation of the state to strengthen its cyber law and effective legal frameworks are absolutely essential. There is need for international bondage which shall have singular aim to preserve cyber security. There is need for developing the requisite jurisprudential principles concerning cyber law.”
Expressing concern over growing instances of cybercrime, he said more than 32,000 cybercrimes were reported across the county between 2011 and 2015.
“According to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC), organisations around the world suffered over 700 data breaches in 2015. “The growth of registration of cases under the IT Act along with the offences under other penal laws has become a menace to the society. The rate of offences has grown by 350% from 2011 to 2015. There was almost 70% increase in the number of cybercrimes under the IT Act between 2013 and 2014,” Justice Misra said. ALSO READ: Youngsters are more vulnerable to cyber crime: Norton study
Welcoming his views to tackle cyber crime, Tribhuvan Lal Darbari, director general of Chindia Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI), said there is a need to collate and synchronize recommendations and get these endorsed by the ministries concerned.