India is grappling with a three-and-a-half year surge in cyber crime, with analysis suggesting cities like Bengaluru and Gurgaon – centers of India’s tech development – are also hubs of evil activity.
The report – A Deep Dive into Cybercrime Trends Impacting India from the non-profit Future Crime Research Foundation (FCRF) – identified cyber crime hot spots, as well as the most popular types of infosec assaults, from January 2020 until June 2023.
“The analysis of the top 10 cyber crime-prone districts in India reveals several common factors contributing to their vulnerability. These include geographical proximity to major urban centers, limited cyber security infrastructure, socioeconomic challenges, and low digital literacy,” states the report.
Several of the most cyber crime-prone top geographies house tech hubs. Gurgaon and Bangalore – both considered [PDF] among the top five most attractive cities for the IT industry in Asia – featured for the wrong reasons.
The Gurgaon district, which is home to a planned IT-focused city of the same name, made number six on FCRF’s list. The district accounted for 8.1 percent of reported cyber crime, despite being home to less than 0.2 percent of India’s population.
FCRF cited the high crime rate as “likely influenced by its status as a major corporate and IT hub, making it an attractive target for cyber criminals seeking valuable data or financial gains.”