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Cyber crime in Spain - statistics & facts

Cyber crime, also known as computer-oriented crime, is a term used to describe any illicit activity mostly taking place on the internet through technological tools such as computers, smartphones or other mobile devices.

According to recent data, more than 13 thousand legal proceedings for cybercrime took place in Spain, most of them corresponding with fraud or crimes against sexual freedom. These figures align with the fears expressed by internet users in Spain, who consider malware infections or illegal access to personal data and files their greatest concerns about the internet. Despite this, about 60 percent of the Spanish population took measures to improve their safety when surfing online in recent years.

Crimes against intellectual property also deserve special attention, not only because of the large losses they generate for the economy, but also because this is a type of crime that is mostly viewed favorably by the general public in Spain. Accessing content illegally is as easy as typing into the preferred search engine. The majority of users who downloaded or streamed found the illegal content through search engines, although direct downloading was also done frequently. Content downloaded illegally through any of these means reached a volume of 5.5 billion in 2019, which led to losses valued at 31 billion euros in the same year.

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