Total number of cyber crimes reported in India 2018

From 2012 to 2018, there were over 90 thousand cyber crime incidents registered across India. Of these, over 27 thousand cases were registered in 2018 alone, marking an increase of more than 121 percent since 2016.

Uttar Pradesh leads the way

The northern state of Uttar Pradesh had the highest number of cyber crimes compared to the rest of the country, with over six thousand cases registered with the authorities in 2018 alone. India’s tech state, Karnataka, followed suite that year. A majority of these cases were registered under the IT Act with the motive to defraud, or sexually exploit victims.

It's a numbers game

It was estimated that in 2017, consumers in India collectively lost over 18 billion U.S. dollars due to cyber crimes. However, these were estimates based only on reported numbers. In a country like India, it is highly likely that the actual figures could be under-reported due to a lack of cyber crime awareness or the mechanisms to classify them. Recent government initiatives such as a dedicated online portal to report cyber crimes could very well be the main factor behind a sudden spike in online crimes from 2017 onwards.

Total number of cyber crimes reported across India from 2012 to 2018

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Release date

January 2020



Survey time period

2012 to 2018

Supplementary notes

Figures as per data provided by states and union territories.

Clarifications were pending from the states of West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya & Sikkim.

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