"There were 271.1 thousand crimes committed using information and telecommunication technologies or in the field of computer information, which is 20.3% more than in the same period last year," the ministry said in a statement.

More than half of such crimes (57.1%) belong to the categories of grave and especially grave (154.9 thousand), two-thirds are committed using the Internet (182.7 thousand), more than a third - using mobile communications (108 , 9 thousand).

The largest increase in such crimes was recorded in Chechnya (176.9%), Dagestan (141.2%), Moscow (126.5%) and Tula (117.9%) regions, as well as in Tuva (110.2%).

The smallest - in Pskov (-20.8%), Ivanovo (-18.8%) regions, in the Republic of Mari El (-15%), Kurgan (-11.9%) and Ryazan (-10.7%) regions ...

According to cybersecurity expert Andrei Masalovich, explosive growth began last spring with the advent of self-isolation and the coronavirus.

“Due to the emergence of new types of software: raw software has entered the market, the range of attacks associated with remote work has expanded,” the expert noted.

He considers it necessary to ensure the promotion of digital hygiene.

“People don't understand the simple rules of being in the digital world.

It is necessary to train employees in new methods so that competent operatives learn to build a process in a new way and master new programs for this.

We need to ensure interdepartmental interaction, ”added Masalovich.

Earlier it was reported that in Russia for the period from January to March 2021, the highest growth rates of crimes committed using information and telecommunication technologies were observed in St. Petersburg, the Tula region, Tuva, the Leningrad region and Ingushetia.