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Spam and suspected porn cases on the rise

The number of suspected cases of cyber crime in Switzerland rose by 61 per cent last year compared with 2006.

This content was published on June 20, 2008 - 11:18

The cyber crime coordination unit at the Federal Police Office said the rise is the result of a wave of spam emails targeting online banking systems in the country.

The second biggest contributing factor was cases of suspected internet child pornography.

In total, more than 10,000 cases were reported and 734 dossiers were sent on to the cantonal authorities and the international police organisation, Interpol, for further examination.

About half of the dossiers were directly related to Switzerland.

The coordination unit also carries out its own research and uncovered an additional 278 cases of suspected cyber crime.

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