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Cyber crime statistics in Russian Federation

Date: December 14, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Timofey Saytarly

According to domestic experts, high-tech crime will become the most developed criminal sphere among the transnational organized criminality. Cyber crime will be increasing constantly because of the profitability. Moreover, the organized criminal groups emphasize the illegal access to the personal and confidential information on the activity of governmental bodies and businesses for protecting themselves from the legal prosecution.

According to the Main Information Center of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russian Federation 4044 frauds were committed by using computers and telecommunication technologies from 1999 to 2002.

From 2001 to 2003: 109 cases on Illegal Business (article 171 Criminal Code of Russian Federation); 193 cases on Illegal Distribution of Pornographic Materials (art. 242 Criminal Code of RF) in the Internet; 348 cases on Illegal Access and Divulgation of the Confidential Business, Tax or Bank Secret (art. 183 Criminal Code of RF); 612 cases on Infringement of Copyright (art. 146 Criminal Code of RF).

However, only 49.7% of the common number of these cases (5306) has been passed to a court. 5,3% have been closed because of “exonerative facts”; 5,2% of the cases have been closed because of impossibility of identifying offender; 39,8% have been closed in view of the reconciliation of the parties.

Foreign experts forecast the total financial losses caused by cybercrime will reach $ 411 billion by end of 2004.
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