It has been growing at an incredibly fast rate in recent years. And all law enforcement officers understand that, in general, they are lagging behind, and something urgently needs to be done with this.
So, the head of the Investigation Committee gathered his subordinates in a closed meeting to discuss how to successfully counter cybercrime and how best to use digital technologies in crime investigation. Alexander Bastrykin described cybercrime as a serious threat to society.
– Cyberspace is used to involve young people in various radical movements, to harm children. There is a tendency for cyber scammers to be cynical towards the older generation, using the gullibility of older people to steal their funds. Harm is caused to the IT infrastructure, citizens and organizations, – said the head of department.
According to statistics cited by Bastrykin, in recent years there has been an increase in crimes committed using computer technologies.
If in 2020 the Investigative Committee investigated 11.5 thousand such crimes, then in 2021 – already more than 12 thousand, and only in 10 months of this year – 13 thousand.
According to the cybercrimes investigated in the Investigative Committee, the state and citizens managed to return damage in the amount of about 1.2 billion rubles at the investigative stage. Bastrykin instructed his subordinates to formulate the main directions of the future development program for the middle class in the IT sector using exclusively domestic technologies.
The head of the Investigative Commission proposed to the staff of the central office to resolve the issue of entering into cooperation agreements with some companies in the field of information technology, “possessing tools for processing large amounts of data.”
Bastrykin and his subordinates also discussed the initiative to create a unified forensic registry of electronic traces. Such a base will improve interaction between investigators from different regions, if the same citizens committed crimes in various regions of the country, the UK explained.
The UK said it is important to enshrine in law the status of digital currency and the mechanism to seize it.
The researchers spoke about the need for legislative clarification of some points. It is about establishing the status of digital currency in criminal procedure legislation and the mechanism for its seizure. It is this financial instrument that increasingly acts as a method of payment between accomplices in crimes.