India emerging as cybercrime centre: Study

India is fast emerging as a major hub of cybercrime as recession is driving computer-literate criminals to electronic scams, claimed a study by researchers at the University of Brighton.

Titled ‘Crime Online: Cybercrime and Illegal Innovation’, the study states that cybercrime in India, China, Russia and Brazil is a cause of “particular concern” and that there has been a “leap in cybercrime” in India in recent years, partly fuelled by the large number of call centres.

 “Russia, China and Brazil are the world leaders in cybercrime, with groups and individuals in India powering up to compete. Yet companies in Europe and the US are increasingly moving IT functions and software development tasks to India, Brazil, Russia and Eastern Europe in a bid to draw on their good IT skills and lower wages,” says Professor Howard Rush who lead the study.

Although cybercriminal activity remained low in India compared with other emerging economies, the report says there has been a leap in cybercrime in the recent years. Cases of cases of spam, hacking and fraud have multiplied 50-fold from 2004 to 2007, it claims.

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