MOSCOW, October 30 (RAPSI) – Over 200,000 cybercrimes were registered in Russia in 2018, Chair of the Civic Chamber’s Commission on development of information society, mass media and mass communications Alexander Malkevich said during a workshop on protection of Internet users’ rights on Wednesday.

Specifically, last year 206,000 cybercrimes were recorded, and only 35,000 of them were solved. Damage caused by these crimes was estimated at 2 billion rubles (over $31 million), according to Malkevich. In most cases, the criminals stole money through cyberbanking, he said.

Moreover, millions of teenagers were involved in destructive social media groups, the public figure noted.

One more problem is cyberbullying, he added. According to the World Health Organization, Russia gains the lead in this field. About 98% parents are concerned that their children can face online bullying and trolling as more than half minors have already got through the problem, Malkevich stated.

During the workshop, experts also pushed for toughening sanctions for the leak of personal data.