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 recorded 16,297 cybercrime cases investigated this year from January to August.
“These cybercrime incidents are not static; they evolve with technology. This year, cybercriminals exploited emerging technologies like Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs), cryptocurrencies, and online casinos to defraud unsuspecting victims. Notably, online scams have become the most prevalent type of cybercrime, reflecting the changing landscape of digital threats,” PNP-ACG Director, Police Brigadier General Sydney Hernia said.
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, ACG surpassed its previous accomplishments with 19 Warrants to Search, Seize, and Examine Computer Data, 214 arrest warrants served, 140 entrapment operations conducted, and provided technical assistance to 24 ongoing investigations by other units and agencies, resulting 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 ACG’s pivotal role, stating, “The Philippine National Police Anti-Cyber Crime Group’s achievements 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 an honest and aggressive law enforcement operations. Their overall efforts under the proficient supervision of PBGen. Sidney S. Hernia, in addressing the evolving landscape of cybercrimes, is 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.
He added that the PNP will remain committed to serving and protecting the Filipinos in the streets and cyberspaces.
For any inquiries, assistance, and complaints, the PNP ACG will gladly assist the communities at cellphone number, 0945 510 5981 and thru their website cybercrimewatch.pnp.gov.ph and acg.pnp.gov.ph PNP-PIO/ PR