According to a report recently released by the National Crime Records Bureau of India, Karnataka has the received the dubious distinction of having the highest number of cyber crimes reported in 2009.
97 cases were lodged with the Cyber Crime Police Station.
The report has also brought forth the lack of awareness that is attached to the adjudication of these cases. The report shows that of the approximately 50 cases of financial losses caused to people, not one has been reported to the IT Secretary of the state, who is also the Adjudicating Officer for Karnataka.
A public interest litigation filed by students of Asian school of Cyber Laws had led to the appointment of IT Secretaries of states as Adjudicating Officers to decide the fate of cyber crime cases in 2003.
An overall survey of the statistics of cyber crimes registered across the states shows that 233 cases were registered under section 66, while there were 139 cases under section 67 and 21 cases under section 65 of IT Act. The police have also registered cyber crimes under IPC for forgery (146 cases) and criminal breach (90 cases).