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WORLDWIDE ARRESTS OF CYBERCRIMINALS HAVE PASSED 70,000 – COMPARED TO 21,000 IN 2018

China alone is responsible for more than 60,000 cyber/scammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. arrests in 2019 [Source: China’s Ministry of State Security & China News Service – as related by SCARS|CHINA]

Internet Crime Crackdown Leads To 60,000 Arrests

Officially Announced On November 15, 2019 By The Official PRC News Agency

Internet crime crackdown leads to 60,000 arrests in China in 2019

Internet crime crackdown leads to 60,000 arrests in China in 2019

Chinese public security authorities cracked more than 45,000 cybercrimeCybercrime Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks. cases and arrested over 60,000 suspects in the first 10 months of this year (2019) during an ongoing campaign to clean up the internet, the Ministry of Public Security said at a news conference on Thursday.

Almost 30,000 cases related to the illegal infringement of people’s personal information, hacking, and fraudFraud In law, fraud is intentional deception to secure unfair or unlawful gain (money or other assets), or to deprive a victim of a legal right. Fraud can violate civil law (e.g., a fraud victim may sue the fraud perpetrator to avoid the fraud or recover monetary compensation) or criminal law (e.g., a fraud perpetrator may be prosecuted and imprisoned by governmental authorities), or it may cause no loss of money, property, or legal right but still be an element of another civil or criminal wrong. The purpose of fraud may be monetary gain or other benefits, for example by obtaining a passport, travel document, or driver's license, or mortgage fraud, where the perpetrator may attempt to qualify for a mortgage by way of false statements. A fraud can also be a hoax, which is a distinct concept that involves deliberate deception without the intention of gain or of materially damaging or depriving a victim. were cracked, with over 37,000 suspects arrested for involvement in such cases, said Wang Yingwei, Party chief of the Ministry’s Cybersecurity bureau.

The special one-year campaign, launched by the Ministry in January, aims to crack down on cybercrimesCybercrimes Cybercrime is a crime related to technology, computers, and the Internet. Typical cybercrime are performed by a computer against a computer, or by a hacker using software to attack computers or networks., including the stealing and trading of personal information, hacking and other online crimes.

“In recent years, police have been encountering new types of cybercrime, especially with the emergence of crimes related to the dark webDark Web This is a sub-level of the internet that normal search engines and everyday browsers cannot access. It’s an encrypted network that contains websites – both legal and illegal – that remain hidden from plain sight.,” Wang said. “Although the concealment offered by the dark web poses a challenge to the police, we will intensify the crackdown on such crimes.”

Sixteen cases related to dark web crimes were filed nationwide this year, with 25 suspects arrested. Police said two had been sentenced to jail and 23 are in criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues. detention. While some of these crimes are capital crimes, no mention was made of any executions.

During the campaign, police also intensified the crackdown on online scamsScams A Scam is a confidence trick - a crime -  is an attempt to defraud a person or group after first gaining their trust through deception. Scams or confidence tricks exploit victims using their credulity, naïveté, compassion, vanity, irresponsibility, or greed and exploiting that. Researchers have defined confidence tricks as "a distinctive species of fraudulent conduct ... intending to further voluntary exchanges that are not mutually beneficial", as they "benefit con operators ('con men' - criminals) at the expense of their victims (the 'marks')". A scam is a crime even if no money was lost. and punished a number of companies that provided technological support and data services to online peer-to-peer scamming platforms.

In a typical case, a man surnamed Song told police in Qitaihe, Heilongjiang province, on May 25 that after he borrowed 1,500 yuan ($210) from a mobile loan app the platform recommended 55 other loan appsApps Applications or Apps An application (software), commonly referred to as an ‘app’ is a program on a computer, tablet, mobile phone or device. Apps are designed for specific tasks, including checking the weather, accessing the internet, looking at photos, playing media, mobile banking, etc. Many apps can access the internet if needed and can be downloaded (used) either for a price or for free. Apps are a major point of vulnerability on all devices. Some are designed to be malicious, such as logging keystrokes or activity, and others can even transport malware. Always be careful about any app you are thinking about installing. and enticed him to repay the loan with a new loan this is a type of scam typical to China. Five months later, Song owed 350,000 yuan (US$50,000). After the platform found out that he could not repay his debts it made harassing phone calls, sent threatening letters and harassed his family and friends for repayment.

Qitaihe police established a special team to crack down on the scam. It busted nine gangsGangs A gang is normally a group or society of associated criminals with a defined leadership and internal organization that identifies with or claims control over a territory or business practice in a community and engages, either individually or collectively, in illegal, and possibly violent, behavior. Online gangs are not limited by territory and may operate side by side with other gangs while engaging in crime online. Some members of criminal gangs are initiated (by going through a process of initiation), or have to prove their loyalty and right to belong by committing certain acts, usually theft or violence, or rituals. Gangs are usually rougher and more visible than scammer cartels, and more often arrested., arrested 80 suspects and froze over 700 million yuan in illegal assets. Based on evidence discovered during the operation in Qitaihe, the ministry’s cybersecurity bureau launched a nationwide crackdown. Since September, police involved in the wider operation have busted 147 gangs and arrested 1,531 suspects.

China is home to more internet users than any other country. A recent report by the China Internet Network Information Center (of which SCARS|CHINA is an affiliated partner) said it has 829 million internet users, that is almost 60 percent of the country’s population.

In Guangzhou, police detained 44 suspects after cracking down on the country’s largest case involving the production and sale of malicious WeChat plug-in software, used by online fraudsters to create vast numbers of fake WeChat accounts used for everything from romance scams to phishing to sextortion. Police also seized more than 650,000 WeChat accounts related to such crimes.

“Remarkable outcomes have been achieved through the campaign, but we will continue to crack down on cybercrimes and improve our internet security management capability to ensure a safe and healthy internet environment,” Wang said.

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