Internet crime on the rise in the UAE: police [, by Sara Janahi, 27/1/2011]

Dubai: Police statistics reveal a 17 per cent increase in crimes involving internet bullying and verbal abuse, police sources said.

“These crimes usually take place on websites such as Facebook and Twitter and can lead to blackmail and extortion,” said Captain Rashid Ahmad Lootah, director of the General Department of electronic crimes at Dubai Police.

Police statistics showed that in 2009 there were 62 reported crimes involving internet bullying and verbal abuse. The number increased to 73 cases in the year 2010.

Police statistics also revealed a 100 per cent increase in the number of electronic crimes involving illegally providing telecommunication services or VoIP services to conduct international calls.