SOURCE: CYBER TERROR
Under The Information Technology (Amendment) Act, 2008, Cyber-terrorism is punishable with life imprisonment. Cyber offences such as identity theft, cyber-stalking, cyber harassment, spoofing and hacking are the punishable offences under this section. The IT (Amendment) Act, 2008 was passed by both Houses of Parliament on December 23, 2008.
It was notified after the assent of the President on February 5, 2009.but in the recent past the amendments have raised the quantum of fine involved, but reduced the punishment…that gives out a mixed signal. More than 1000 young boys are languishing in jails across India for cyber crime, 573 of them are under trials, 197 are under investigations, 14 hospitalised due to various reasons, 12 of them are convicted, and rest of the cases are under proceedings.
Maximum number of cyber criminals are arrested from north India. So far no human right actvists or social groups ever supported these criminals. Government has special reward package for Alert citizen for providing information about hackers.The irony is that cyber crime is new age crime, and there is no specific law or punishment is penned in constitution, most of the defense lawyers are criminal lawyers and their expertise in cyber crime is limited. The seriousness of offense in most of the cases is quite minor, such as hacking some rivals website, blog or email. Money transfer by hacking banks, hacking Government sites, and misusing official website data like heinous crime is rarely traced.