Anti Cybercrime unit cases have been doubled six time since 2015.

The spread of technology and awareness of citizens of their rights have increased the rates of reported crimes.

The Anti Cybercrime Unit deals with a number of crimes that affect societal peace, such as child abuse via the Internet, hate speech, and strife.

1285 cases of electronic extortion and (3769) cases of defamation, slander and contempt through websites, pages and applications.

(1000) electronic data theft cases in 2022

(3466) online threat cases and (2115) electronic hacking cases.

The anti Cybercrime Unit of the Public Security Directorate continued its specialized technical and investigative efforts, with the aim of addressing cybercrime, which has been doubled  six times  since 2015.

In a statement issued today, the Unit attributed that the widespread use of technology, digital solutions, smart phone applications, and the expansion of the use of social networking sites, in addition to educating citizens about their rights and their ability to litigate, increased the rates of crimes registered to the Unit, and encouraged victims of this type of crime to file legal complaints. .

The Unit explained, during a statement that included statistics for the most prominent electronic crimes registered to the unit in the year 2022, that cybercrime cases have increased during the last seven years about six times, as they increased from (2305) cases in 2015 to (16027) cases in 2022.

The Cybercrime Unit indicated to  continuation of its educational campaigns on cybercrime and its dangers in light of the widespread use of social networking sites, which facilitated the occurrence of a number of issues affecting societal peace, such as child abuse cases, which reached  to about (133) cases, and issues related to broadcasting Hate speech and inciting strife, which reached to (113) cases, including cases where it was announced that the perpetrators of those inciting strife in society had been arrested.

The Unit added that  the emergence of modern criminal methods that were dealt with, such as digital sorcery methods, sexual exploitation through communication sites, theft of electronic wallets, and others played a role to the increase in electronic fraud cases, which reached (2118) cases in the year 2022, at the same time the methods of electronic extortion increased to (1285) cases, while the defamation, libel and contempt cases reached to (3769) and the threat cases to (3466) via the Internet, while the hacking cases reached to (2115) cases.

The Anti-Cyber Crime Unit confirms that it will not hesitate to deal optimally with all electronic crime cases that come to it through technical tracking, including cross-border crimes such as electronic fraud or digital account s theft, in cooperation with INTERPOL and through the Arab and International Police Department, to determine Identity of criminals and addressing different countries to take legal action against them.

The Cybercrime Unit calls on citizens who use social networking sites to deal carefully  with these sites and not to fill in or send any personal information to unreliable pages, and not to deal with fake links that are sent to them for the purposes of hacking their personal accounts.

The unit also stresses the need to observe children when using smart phones or computers, and not to leave them vulnerable to abuse or bullying through communication sites or applications, or electronic games that may carry psychological and mental dangers, as well as enabling users of some games to communicate through them.