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More hackers surfing Internet crime wave

More hackers surfing Internet crime wave
More hackers surfing Internet crime wave 

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Aug. 18, 2006

There were 1,802 cybercrimes committed during the first six months of 
this year, a rise of 190 cases when compared with the same period last 
year and the highest figure recorded since the National Police Agency 
started keeping records on Internet-related offenses in 2000.

The increase was especially noticeable in violations of the Unauthorized 
Computer Access Law, which rose by 34 percent on last year's figure, to 
265 cases, according to an NPA report disclosed Thursday.

Previously, illicit-access crimes were mainly committed by individuals 
in their 20s and 30s, but recently, the age range has been widening.

Among 63 people caught accessing information on the Internet illegally, 
14 were teenagers, and the youngest was a 14-year-old middle school 

In April, a 61-year-old man was arrested for illegally accessing a 
computer belonging to his former company and copying personal data of 
6,000 individuals. He was the first sexagenarian to be charged for 

Forty percent of all Internet crimes were fraud-related, mostly 
involving Internet auction scams--a 9 percent rise from a year ago.

The number of cases involving online sales of child pornography 
increased to 97, up 43 percent, while cases related to child 
prostitution rose to 169, up 18 percent.

Violations of the Trademark Law, including Internet sales of fake 
branded goods, doubled to 106 cases, matching the figure for the whole 
of 2005.

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