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Bahrain cracks down on rampant cyber crime cases

MANAMA, Feb. 21 (Xinhua) -- Bahrain's security authorities dealt with more than 400 cyber cases last year which included cases of identity theft and misuse of personal data.

The anti-corruption, economic and electronic security general director first lieutenant Ahmed Al-Khayyat on Saturday said the complaints were either lodged with police stations or reported on hotline 992.

He stressed the importance of the law which was passed to reduce cybercrimes and protect the security of individuals and society.

"Unprecedented information technology strides are now being exploited to blackmail people through stealing their personal data", he said in a statement.

He cautioned internet users against posting their personal photos or data, warning that they may misused for criminal acts.

"We deal with a lot of cases in which internet uses find themselves blackmailed following the theft of their personal data or their private photos and videos which shows them in indecent positions", he said.

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