Sachin Pilot, the Minister of State for Communications and Information Technology informed to a question that to Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) by law enforcement agencies on the hacking of e-mail accounts and posting of objectionable contents including videos on the internet especially on social networking websites damaging reputation of individuals. A large number of phishing incidents leading to hacking of bank accounts have also been reported to CERT-In by the banks and financial institutions. A total number of 508 and 386 phishing incidents have been reported to CERT-In in the year 2010 and during January-October, 2011 respectively.
The Information Technology Act 2000 has already been amended by the Information Technology (Amendment) Act 2008 and provide legal framework to address prevalent cyber crimes. Section 66, 66A, 66B, 66C, 66E, 66F, 67, 67A, 67B provides stringent punishment ranging from imprisonment of three years to life imprisonment and fine for various acts of cyber crime including tampering with computer source documents, hacking of computer and publishing of obscene information.
The Information Technology Act, 2000 is a comprehensive Act to provide a legal framework for electronic commerce and to enable e-governance.