Cybercrimes soar in Metro Manila despite SIM Registration Law

Cybercrimes in the National Capital Region (NCR) are on the rise, despite the implementation of the SIM Registration Law, as reported by the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC).

During the first half of the year, cybercrime in the NCR surged by 152 percent, citing data from the Philippine National Police. The increase can be attributed, in part, to the negligence of online users and the widespread presence of malware in cyberspace.

During the first half of the year, the total number of cybercrimes surged to 6,250, marking a significant increase from the 2,477 cases recorded during the same period last year.

Of particular concern, online scams nearly tripled to reach 4,446 reported cases, highlighting the growing prevalence of fraudulent activities on the internet.

Additionally, incidents of illegal access experienced an 86 percent rise, totaling 1,063, indicating an alarming growth in unauthorized digital intrusions. Furthermore, cases of ATM and credit card fraud more than doubled, reaching 625, a substantial increase compared to the 241 cases reported last year. These statistics underscore the escalating challenges faced in combating cybercriminal activities and emphasize the need for enhanced measures to protect individuals and organizations from online threats.