(The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)
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Financial cybercrime in Lebanon has seen an "absolute decrease" of 15 percent in 2018 from the previous year due to an extensive awareness campaign, the head of the Special Investigation Commission said Thursday. Speaking at the opening of the Anti-Cybercrime Forum, the Secretary General of the Lebanese Special Investigation Commission Abdul Hafiz Mansour said the number of cybercrime cases decreased to 107 by the third quarter of 2018, down from 165 overall in 2017 .Mansour said the Central Bank would continue to implement key measures in the coming year to further mitigate the risks involved in cyber transactions.Speaking at the opening, Central Bank Gov. Riad Salameh announced that Banque du Liban would soon launch digital currencies as a recognized form of official transactions.The digital currencies that BDL will soon adopt, Salameh stressed, are different from cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin.
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