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‘Cyber-crime’ Before and After Lockdown

Cyber-crimeThere was a huge rise in cyber-crime during pandemic situation.  The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic brought huge impact not only for financial condition or health related, but also related to employment. Social distancing was the major concern in those days, where digitalization was the only scope of communication. From home chores to business deal or student’s study everything was available online only. Numerous apps have been launched at that point of time. The e-commerce business has also got boost in the business. So, somewhere digitalization helped us a lot to cope up with this new normal. But, there is a dark side also, the cyber-crime rate has seen a dynamic increase between this pandemic. Such activities (cyber-crime) have broken all the records of every year. Though the potential of cyber-crime is under the purview of cybersecurity companies but the volume and the sophistication has churned up to new heights. According to a report, India has marked a 37 per cent increase in cyberattacks in the first quarter (Q1) of 2020, as compared to the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2019. Not only that, according to a report by Subex, for three months (April, May and June) in 2019, India faced the most cyber-attacks in the world. The report also mentioned that the most cyber-attacked countries in 2019 were the US, India, UK, Singapore, Ukraine, UAE, Nigeria, Japan, South Korea and Spain respectively.

Covid Related Cyber-crime in India

Due to social distancing, people were fully dependent on zoom calls, virtual meetings, online businesses, etc. We got to know about those applications, which we have never heard before. The usage of social networking sites such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. had also increased, and due to cinema shut down, people were more focused towards web channels (OTT platforms) like Netflix, Amazon, HotStar, Zee 5, etc. Online games were also one of the time pass during the lockdown. While using these applications, people shared not only their email ids, but financial details also.  Due to insecurity of covid pandemic, a person visit several websites where they always ask for cookies acceptance or any other kinds of permission, and from that point of time, you unknowingly give permission to access your personal details. There were huge number of fake apps, domain names and websites capitalizing on two facts, first, the fear among the general public and their search for information related to this pandemic and secondly, the companies across the globe are turning to ‘work from home’ via the online medium.

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Nitisha Dubey

I am a Journalist with a post graduate degree in Journalism & Mass Communication. I love reading non-fiction books, exploring different destinations and varieties of cuisines. Biographies and historical movies are few favourites.

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