Online security, statistical findings and India going digital. But how safe are we really?

SHILLONG: Congress on Thursday raised the issue of digital and cyber security after the Twitter handles of the party and Vice President Rahul Gandhi were hacked.

“Every right-thinking Indian is shocked by such despotic and vulgar attempts, which reflect the extremities of a growing intolerant culture around us, which resorts to abuse and insult every time it has not answers to questions raised by those who disagree with a certain point of view,” said Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala.

Is it more than a systematic attack? What of the idea of digital India? Much more, what of the move that is directed towards digital transactions in the wake of demonetisation and great shortage of paper currency throughout the country?

Surjewala said: “Brazen hacking attempts also raise serious questions on the digital safety and privacy of millions of Indians, who use social media like Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Instagram etc. as not only conversational platforms but also for exchange of ideas and dissemination of information.”

Surjewala also questioned the safety of the entire digital payment network.

“what is the safety of the entire digital payment network? Does it not prove the inherent cyber security risks that exist for all electronic transactions and payment gateways?

Assocham-Mahindra SSG study suggests that Cyber Crime is increasing at an alarming rate. According to the report in 2015, the number of Cyber Crimes in India may touch a humongous figure of 3,00,000.

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The statistics that have been demonstrated and observed show the seriousness of Cyber Crimes in India. The country has registered 107% of CAGR (Common Anual Growth Rate) in the number of Cyber Crimes registered in last few years.

Nearly 13,301 Cyber Crime cases were registered in 2011. The number increased by almost 50 percent in the following year, reaching 22,601 . The statistics of 2013 stupor people as it shows the unexpected increase, making the count of cyber crime cases reach 71,708 . Surprisingly, in 2014 the number of cases registered under Cyber Crime laws increased by more than 100% to 1,49,254.

“Time has come for the Modi government — which speaks of cashless economy — to ponder over these important imponderables that have exposed the susceptibility of the entire digital financial platforms,” said Surjewala.

(Source: IANS/ Dazeinfo)

(Featured Image Source: Internet/ Representational)

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