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In May, the cybersecurity landscape witnessed a staggering surge in cybercrime complaints. This concerning trend highlights the growing threat posed by cybercriminals and underscores the need for heightened vigilance and robust cybersecurity measures.

Between January and April 2024, Indian citizens reported losses exceeding Rs 1,750 crore due to cybercrimes, with over 740,000 complaints lodged on the National Cybercrime Reporting Portal managed by the Ministry of Home Affairs. The Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C) revealed that in May 2024, an average of 7,000 cybercrime complaints were recorded daily, marking a significant surge compared to previous years. These complaints primarily involved financial online fraud, constituting 85% of the total reported cases.

Established by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the I4C serves as a framework for law enforcement agencies to combat cybercrime. The escalation in reported cases from 2019 to 2024 is evident, with a substantial increase each year. Most victims fell prey to various online scams, including investment fraud, gaming apps, algorithm manipulations, illegal lending apps, sextortion, and OTP scams. In the initial four months of 2024 alone, digital arrests resulted in a loss of Rs 120 crore across 4,599 cases, with trading scams accounting for 20,043 cases and a loss of Rs 1,420 crore. The total financial toll inflicted by cybercriminals on Indians during this period reached Rs 176 crore.

As the threat landscape continues to evolve, cybersecurity remains a critical priority for individuals, businesses, and governments worldwide. By staying vigilant, implementing effective security measures, and fostering collaboration within the cybersecurity community, we can work towards creating a safer and more secure digital environment for all.


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