MOSCOW, August 24 (RAPSI) – The number of crimes committed with the use of modern cyber technologies was up six times in 2013 through 2016 totaling 66,000 incidents, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika said during a meeting with the heads of BRICS prosecutor services.

Chaika has noted that several types of crime were on the rise: cyberfraud, cyberespionage, organization of unlawful online sales of drugs, and certain other offences. According to the data obtained by the Prosecutor General’s Office, two thirds of extremist crimes and each ninth terrorist crime are committed with the use of Internet.

As noted by the Prosecutor General’s Office, since the introduction of the out-of-court online blocking procedure providers have blocked over 3,000 webpages and deleted information from 50,000 websites on request of prosecutors.

The official statistics show that the damage caused by cybercrimes in Russia in first half of 2017 made over $18 million.