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Greed and financial gain cause most cyber crimes in state

Greed and financial gain is the highest motive behind cyber crime cases in Maharashtra, latest analytical statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau have revealed.

mumbai Updated: Aug 31, 2016 13:34 IST
Pratik Salunke

Greed and financial gain is the highest motive behind cyber crime cases in Maharashtra, latest analytical statistics released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) have revealed.

Out of the total 2,195 cases registered, the motive behind 682 cases was greed/financial gain. The other reasons behind such cases are personal revenge/settling scores (21 cases), emotional motives like anger/revenge (18),extortion (17), causing disrepute (35), prank/satisfaction of gaining control(1), fraud/illegal gain (354), insult to modesty of women(234), sexual exploitation (113), political motives(5), inciting hate crimes against community(39), inciting hate crimes against country(0), disrupt public services(2), sale/purchase of illegal drugs/items(4) and for developing own business/interest (17).

The state stood second when it came to reporting the highest number of cyber crime offences with an increase of 16.8 per cent when compared to the cases registered in 2014. A total 825 people were arrested in 2015, which dropped down by 12.4 per cent as 942 were held in the state in 2014. All the 825 arrested persons in the state are Indians with 19 being disgruntled employees and 14 business competitors, revealed the analysis.

The city saw an increase in cyber-crime cases by 50.1 per cent with 912 cases in 2015 against 604 cases in 2014. Experts pointed out that the city has one of the highest number of technology users and there has also been increase in people reporting cyber crime. “Financial gain motive is 100 per cent true as it counts in those wanting to make real money out of cyber crime. Among all crimes, cyber crime is the least likely type of crime in which you can get caught and if someone is caught, then you don’t punish them. The Mumbai police have had commissioners which were very cyber friendly and more and more persons believe that if you file a complaint, something will happen,” said Vijay Mukhi, cyber consultant. “Even the director generals are cyber friendly. Mumbai uses lot of technology and the more the technology, more will be the crime. Also, even the poor and middle class use technology but they don’t understand it and so that there are chances of them being victims of hacking or cheating,” added Mukhi.