Ministry: Cyber crime on the rise in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, September 7 / Trend T. Hajiyev /
Acts of "cyber crime" are on the rise in Azerbaijan as information and communication technologies develop, a representative of the Ministry of National Security, Kerim Kerimov, said at an OSCE organized workshop on cyber security.
"'Cyber crime' includes offenses such as money-laundering, theft of money from credit cards and the joint criminal activities of organized criminal groups from different countries, as well as illegal communication channels in the network," Kerimov said.
"Such crimes as the destruction of information through a computer network, presentation of misinformation, ideological propaganda, the proliferation of destructive virus programs, the purchase and sale of special equipment for the illegal access to information, banking and financial scams, and publishing false information on terror [fall into the category of 'cyber crime']," Kerimov added.
He said that in 2000 three articles related to "cyber crime" were added to the Criminal Code of Azerbaijan. The Azerbaijani Ministry of National Security deals with investigation under these articles.
"A new organization is being launched activity in the ministry to combat computer crime," Kerimov to the cyber security workshop.