Cyber-crime rises 21-fold since 1998
Source: The Korea Herald
Date: September 23, 2003
Cyber crimes have multiplied 21 times over the past five years, with perpetrators below the age of 30 accounting for nearly 58 percent of the startling statistics, lawmakers said yesterday.
Reps. Choi Yong-gue of the Millennium Democratic Party and Ham Suk-jae of the Grand National Party reported to the National Assembly that there were just 355 cases of cyber-crime in 1998 before a period of explosive growth resulted in 7,487 cases in 2002.
A total of 1,007 people were detained last year on related charges, the lawmakers said. The comparable figure for 1998 was 83.
They released the figures after conducting an annual parliamentary inspection of Seoul's high and district public prosecutor's offices. Teenagers accounted for 29.7 percent of those accused of cyber-crime, closely followed by the 28.3 percent of suspects in their 20s.
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