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Police say computer crimes on the rise

Date: February 25, 2008
Source: Newsinfo.inquirer.net
By: Alcuin Papa

MANILA -- Computer crimes reported to police are on the rise, the Philippine National Police said Saturday.

According to a briefing paper on cyber crimes prepared by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, a total of 1,843 crimes involving computers were reported to police in 2007. This is more than three times the number of 527 reported in 2006.

A total of 2624 computer crimes were reported from 2003 to 2007. In 2005, only 161 crimes were reported to police. In 2004, the number was 56 and 37 in 2003.

Between 2004 and 2006, the PNP’s cyber crime unit investigated 195 cases requiring computer forensics.

The online crimes range from credit card fraud to pornography and copyright infringement as well as other crimes defined in Republic Act 8792 or the E-Commerce Act and RA 8484 or the Access Devices Regulation Acts.

CIDG chief Raul Castaņeda said they are going “full blast” on cyber crime.
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