Cybercrimes in Jordan increased sixfold since 2015

AMMAN — The Anti-Cybercrime Unit of the Public Security Directorate (PSD) said on Tuesday that cybercrime-related cases in Jordan have surged sixfold since 2015, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

In a statement, the unit explained that cyber-crime cases rose from 2,305 in 2015 to 16,027 in 2022.

The unit attributed this increase to the spread of technology, digital solutions, and smartphone applications, as well as the expansion of the use of social networking sites and peoples' growing awareness about their right to litigate, which increased the rate of crimes registered with the unit.

A breakdown of cybercrimes registered in 2022The Cybercrime Unit highlighted its ongoing informational campaigns to raise awareness about the dangers of cybercrime in light of the widespread use of social networking sites, which have facilitated cases of digital child abuse — with 133 cases registered with the unit in 2022 — and issues related to broadcasting hate speech and inciting strife, which amounted to 113 cases.

Meanwhile, the Kingdom has witnessed an increase in cases of digital fraud, which reached 2,118 in 2022, and extortion, which totaled 1,285 cases. Last year, 3,769 defamation and libel cases were registered with the unit, while cases involving online threats totaled 3,466 and hacking cases totaled 2,115.

Exercising cautionThe unit called on citizens who use social networking sites to exercise caution and not provide or send any personal information to unreliable parties.

The unit also stressed the need to monitor children while they are using smart phones or computers, and not to leave them vulnerable to abuse or bullying through networking sites or applications. It also cautioned of the danger of video games that may cause psychological or mental harm to young people.

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