THE Philippine National Police’s Anti-Cyber Crime Group (ACG) has achieved significant milestones in addressing the rising tide of cybercrimes. With a record-breaking number of cases investigated, a shift in cybercrime trends, and a proactive approach to combating these threats, the ACG is making the Philippines a safer place in the digital realm.
Since its inception in March 2013, the PNP ACG has been at the forefront of combating cybercrimes in the Philippines. In the face of a growing dependence on the internet, the ACG has investigated a total of 16,297 cybercrime cases from January to August of this year.
These cybercrime incidents are not static; they evolve with technology. This year, cybercriminals have exploited emerging technologies like Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrencies, and online casinos to defraud unsuspecting victims. Online scams, in particular, have become the most prevalent type of cybercrime, reflecting the changing landscape of digital threats,” said PNP-ACG Director, Police Brigadier General Sidney S. Hernia.
According to records, the top ten cybercrimes reported to the ACG are Online Scams, Illegal Access, Computer Related Identity Theft, ATM/Credit Card Fraud, Threats, Data Interference, Anti-photo and Video Voyeurism, Computer Related Fraud, and Unjust Vexation. This surge in cybercrimes is closely tied to the increased reliance on the internet for various commercial activities.
During this period, the ACG has surpassed its previous accomplishments with 19 Warrants to Search, Seize, and Examine Computer Data, 214 arrest warrants served, 140 entrapment operations conducted, and has provided technical assistance to 24 ongoing investigations by other units and agencies. These efforts have resulted in the arrest of 397 individuals and the rescue of 4,092 victims, mainly during operations against human trafficking.
PNP Chief, PGen Benjamin Acorda Jr., emphasized the pivotal role of the ACG, stating, “The achievements of the Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group in solving cases and safeguarding the digital realm are a display of our focused agenda on advancing our information and communication technology for the conduct of honest and aggressive law enforcement operations. The overall efforts of the ACG, under the proficient supervision of PBGEN Sidney S Hernia, in addressing the evolving landscape of cybercrimes, are commendable.”
Beyond these accomplishments, the ACG continues to adapt and expand its efforts. They are closely monitoring activities like E-Sabong, intensifying cyber patrol operations against terrorism and fake news on social media platforms, and conducting digital forensic examinations to gather evidence against cyber criminals.
Rest assured that the PNP remains committed to serving and protecting the Filipino people in both the streets and cyberspaces. For any inquiries, assistance, and complaints, the PNP ACG can be contacted at cellphone number 0945-5105981 and through their website cybercrimewatch.pnp.gov.ph and acg.pnp.gov.ph.