Total registrations of motor vehicles in Cyprus last month went up by 28.2%, compared to May 2021, while total registrations for the period January-May 2022 compared to the same period of 2021 decreased by 6.5%, according to the “Registration of Motor Vehicles” report published by the Cypriot Statistical Service (CyStat) on Wednesday.
Total motor vehicle registrations in May 2022 numbered 3,671, recording an increase of 28.2% compared to 2,863 in May 2021. Passenger saloon cars registered a rise of 34.9% to 2,882, from 2,137 in May 2021.
During the period January-May 2022, compared to the corresponding period of 2021, total registrations of motor vehicles decreased by 6.5% to 14,353, from 15,352.
At the same time, sales of passenger saloon cars decreased to 11,513 from 11,785 in January-May 2021, recording a fall of 2.3%.
Of the total passenger saloon cars sold, 5,108 or 44.4% were new and 6,405 or 55.6% were used, according to CyStat.
Motor coaches and buses registered in January-May 2022 increased to 47, from 26 in the same period of 2021, recording an 80.8% increase.
Cyprus police have seized servers that were used to sell social security numbers of US citizens
Cyprus police have seized servers that were used to sell social security numbers and other personal information stolen from 24 million US citizens, a law enforcement official said Thursday.
Police Cybercrime Department Chief Andreas Anastasiades told the state-run Cyprus News Agency that four websites were taken down in a joint operation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service.
Anastasiades said the servers’ manager, who is a resident of Cyprus, cooperated with authorities following a six month-long investigation.
A US Department of Justice statement said the SSNDOB Marketplace websites operated for years and generated more than $19 million in sales revenue.
The personal information that was hacked included the names, dates of birth and social security numbers of US citizens.
According to the statement, SSNDOB administrators advertised on darkweb criminal forums. To avoid detection, administrators used online monikers to conceal their true identities, maintained servers in various countries and required buyers to use digital payment methods like bitcoin.
It said that the international operation “to dismantle and seize this infrastructure” resulted from cooperation with law enforcement authorities in both Cyprus and Latvia.