Child pornography cases on the rise

Child pornography cases on the rise

The number of child pornography cases tackled by the Office for Combating Cyber Crime of the Police over the past two years has increased, Minister of Justice and Public Order Ionas Nicolaou has said.

Minister said that in 2014 there were 106 cases compared to 23 in 2013, while 79 cases have been recorded in the first quarter of 2015.

Nicolaou was addressing a workshop aiming to brief judicial, prosecution and police authorities, lawyers and other interested parties on cybercrime, held in the context of Cyprus Cybercrime Centre of Excellence for Training, Research and Education, a program co-funded by the EU, and organized by the Office of the Commissioner for Electronic Communications and Postal Services and the Supreme Court.

Minister said that cyberspace not only has benefits but risks we need to be aware of in order to protect ourselves.

He said that in an effort to tackle the threats presented in cyberspace, the Republic of Cyprus has adopted the National Strategy for Cyber, Network and information security and Critical Information Infrastructure Protection aiming at the reduction and prevention of cybercrime.