[ISN] Teenagers Emerge as Leading Cause of Cyber Crime

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Date: Mon Sep 22 2003 - 00:01:20 PDT

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    The National Police Agency said yesterday that teenagers are the
    leading cause of cyber crimes such as hacking, the spread of computer
    viruses and the sale of counterfeit games.
    In a report presented to the National Assembly, the agency said the
    number of cyber crimes committed by teenagers was 16,620 between 2001
    and July 2003, accounting for 42.2 percent of the total cases during
    the cited period.
    Cyber criminals in their 20s accounted for 38.4 percent, followed by
    19.4 percent by those in their 30s, according to the report.
    Almost 58 percent of the cyber crime committed by teenagers was fraud
    connected with online games, the police agency said. Next came
    computer hacking and the spread of viruses (19.1 percent),
    infringement of private information (5.4 percent) and the operation of
    illegal Web sites (2.1 percent).
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