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Cybercrime in Japan increased 11.8% in the first half of 2006

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Between January and June this year, Japan recorded the highest values ​​ever with regard to criminal attacks online. In total, 1,802 thousand cases of cybercrime were registered during the referred period, which represents an increase of 11.8 percent compared to the same period in 2005.

The news reported by AFP says that 733 of the reported crimes were related to fraudulent practices, which translates into a nine percent increase.

About 90 percent of fraud cases were related to auctions online, a growing industry in Japan – last year Rakuten and NTT DoCoMo formed a partnership to compete with Yahoo that holds the most popular auction among Japanese.

For sale online of counterfeit branded products, or the attempt to do so, through auction, was responsible for 106 of the cases of cybercrime, which corresponds to an increase of 112 percent compared to the same period last year.

Sexual crimes, which include encounters with minors in chats, child pornography sites and other pedophilia practices, accounted for 169 cases, increasing 18.2 percent.

The Japanese government recently conducted a study to assess the level of security in government computer parks, concluding that most computers used were quite exposed to cyber attacks due to the lack of security in the systems.

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