With the encroachment of Internet facility in everyone’s life, the day to day life has become more easy and peaceful. But as a coin has two sides, similarly Internet has its good and bad effects. One of the major negative impacts of Internet is called cyber crime.
According to the Supreme Court of India, cyber crime has been defined as "Any criminal activity that uses a computer either as an instrumentality, target or a means for perpetuating further crimes comes within the ambit of cyber crime."
There are several kinds of cyber crime which are reported in day to day basis. The most common type of complaints are refusal to provide service, pornography, deformation of the website, SPAM, virus and worms, cyber stalking, phishing and cyber squatting. The rate at which these crimes are being reported states clearly that more and more people are getting involved in such illegal matters.
In a survey conducted by the Indian Net Security, it has been found out that India is heading the list for the increased number of outgoing junk mail and spam mail. In a different study it has been seen that PCs used at home which count for nearly thirty eight million users are targeted mostly by these cyber crimes. It has been reported that nearly eighty six percent of the cyber attacks were made in the form of ‘bots’ and this eighty six percent includes Internet surfers mainly from cities. The capital of India – Delhi, and the second most important city of India – Mumbai has taken the first and second position respectively in different forms of Cyber crime.
Cyber crime also has a huge impact on business. Business giant houses states that the effect of cyber crime is more than any other physical crime. They have stated that cyber crime accounts for nearly forty four percent of all crimes.
The Supreme Court of India has formulated many laws to stop such illegal work. Though some spheres of cyber crime has been successfully restricted but India has still a long road to go for a secure net surfing.