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News number: 8808220682

15:15 | 2009-11-13

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Iran Plans to Establish Cyber Police

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran's Police Chief Brigadier General Esmail Ahmadi-Moqaddam says the force plants to set up a 'cyber police' division to counter 'internet crimes'.



Ahmadi-Moqaddam said the unit would be tasked with monitoring organized cyber crimes on the internet.

Cyber crimes can involve criminal activities that are traditional in nature, such as theft, fraud, forgery, defamation and mischief.

"With regards to internet crimes, the police force should increase its capabilities to counter such violations," FNA quoted Ahmadi-Moqaddam as saying on Thursday.

In April, the Iranian police reported that the force identified 124,000 cases pertaining to computer and internet crimes last year, up 26 percent from the previous year.

About 26 percent of the crimes reported were related to unauthorized access to computer networks and hacking. Spreading slander and lies figured 26 percent, while some 7 percent of the crimes were copyright violations. Online harassment and bullying were among other reported crimes.