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Cyber fear: New season of Jamtara unfolds pan-India

Cyber fear: New season of Jamtara unfolds pan-India
Cyber fear: New season of Jamtara unfolds pan-India
Illustration: Rahul Awasthi

Synopsis

Entry-level job losses, more digital payment, and easy gains are pushing small-town youngsters into cybercriminals’ gangs

Several small towns have mushroomed as the new hubs of cybercrime by high-profile gangs, a la Jamtara in Jharkhand, made infamous earlier this year by the eponymous Netflix true crime series.Amid a growing propensity for digital payments, Alwar and Bharatpur in Rajasthan; Asansol and Kolkata in West Bengal; Mewat and Gurgaon in Haryana; Mathura, Varanasi and Jalalpur in Uttar Pradesh and Bhubaneswar in Odisha are playing host to these hacking
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