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Justice ministry joins cybercrime campaign

The number of cyber scams is on the increase, and people must be equipped against the dangers of cyberspace, the justice ministry state secretary said on Monday.

Robert Repassy told a press conference that the ministry was joining a campaign dubbed CyberShield Education Programme launched by the Hungarian Banking Association, the National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH), the National Cyber Security Centre and the National Police Headquarters (ORFK) at the end of last year.

He said the justice ministry had an important responsibility in the fight against online risks, assisting in victim support, consumer protection, prevention, and educating people about online dangers.

The best protection against cybercrime is prevention, which requires legislation as well as education, he said. Teenagers aged 14-18 and people above the age of 65 are the most vulnerable to identity theft, online harassment, abuse of financial data, and financial scams, he added.

Victim support centres are run under the ministry’s supervision, offering legal advice and mental health assistance, as well as support for implementing security measures that can prevent people from becoming the victim of scams, Repassy said.

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