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Russia: Computer crimes statistics

Date: May 08, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Ludmila Goroshko

ZAPOROZHYE (CCRC) - Increase in crimes in the sphere of computer information is a more quick process than computerization in Russia.

Criminals are not afraid of the fact that, in accordance with article 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation "Illegal access to computer information", they face from 6 months to 5 years of imprisonment.

According to the Main Information Centre of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in Russia, such crimes reached 7053 thousand in 2003, that twofold greater than in 2002 - 3782.

Article 273 "Creation of computer software or alteration of existing programs that intentionally lead to the unauthorized deletion, suppression, modification or copying of information, hindering operation of a computer, computer system or network, and use or distribution of such software or machine mediums with such software. In 2002, 330 and in 2003 - 728 crimes were filed violating this article.

The amount of registered and investigated computer crimes violating article 274 "Violation of computer, computer system and/or network operating rules by an authorized person that caused the deletion, suppression or alteration of computer information protected by law, if it caused significant damage" decreased as compared with the previous period. The top rise of these offences was in 2001 year - 120 crimes. In 2002 this kind of crime reached 10, in 2003 – there was only one case.

The number of filed physical trespasses on private property by fraud or abuse of trust, committed using computer information (illegal use of logins and passwords to access the Internet articles 165 and 272 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) also increased almost twofold: 1494 crimes for 2002, 2321 cases for 2003 year.

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