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Cybercrime rises, Swiss perspective

Date: May 19, 2006

Switzerland's federal cybercrime police unit has reported a further increase in suspected cases of internet abuse.

The Coordination Unit for Cybercrime Control (Cyco) said on Thursday that child pornography was of particular concern last year.

Cyco received 7,345 notifications of possible internet abuse in 2005, around 100 more per month than in previous years.

In 2003 and 2004, the unit mostly received complaints about spam. But last year, users were concerned about hardcore pornography involving children.

According to David Billard, a lecturer at Lausanne's University's School of Criminal Sciences, this is not surprising.

"People have become more aware of the phenomenon, especially because of media coverage of court cases, and also because they have often been inundated with unsolicited emails containing child pornography," he told swissinfo.

Online scams were also on the rise.
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