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Bahamas: CARICOM: Cyber-crime on the rise during pandemic

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — As the coronavirus pandemic shifts organizations toward increased technological innovations and e-commerce, cyber-crime has been on the rise.

Police reported a 36 percent increase in hacking and extortion in The Bahamas.

Between January 1 and June 30, 2020, there were 118 cyber-crime incidents reported to authorities, compared to the 87 matters reported during the same period in 2019.

The matters reported this year also included incidents of libel, telephone misuse and voyeurism.

The rise in cyber-crime activity is not exclusive to The Bahamas, but a regional and global challenge during the ongoing health crisis.

During a virtual CARICOM presentation yesterday, several representatives expressed concerns about the region, and its members states’ vulnerability to cyber-crimes, as well as the need to increase the legal and cyber-security frameworks.

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