Cybercrime rivals real-world crime rates

Posted by   Virus Bulletin on   Sep 7, 2007

Researchers estimate 3 million online crimes committed in UK last year.

A research group has issued a report estimating levels of cybercrime in the UK during 2006, finding that an online crime occurs every 10 seconds on average, with over 3 million separate incidents thought to have taken place over the year. Several types of offence showed higher levels of incidents online than in the real world.

The estimates, produced by online identity specialist Garlik, are based on details from reported crimes, thought in many categories to account for less than 10% of incidents, along with data from various agencies, corporations, government watchdogs and media sources. The bulk of the offences were personal, including abuse, harassment and intimidation, but 92,000 cases of identity theft are thought to have taken place, with some online element involved in over 40% of all ID frauds.

Extrapolating from reports that 25% of UK computer users have suffered a virus incident, the researchers found that if this figure was correct across the country, the UK would have been hit by some 6 million virus incidents last year. There were also almost 150,000 non-malware-related incidents of computer misuse, including hacking.

A breakdown of the report's findings can be found on IT legal site, here. The full report, in PDF format, is here.

Posted on 07 September 2007 by Virus Bulletin



Latest posts:

Nominations opened for sixth Péter Szőr Award

Virus Bulletin is seeking nominations for the sixth annual Péter Szőr Award.

Haroon Meer and Adrian Sanabria to deliver VB2019 closing keynote

New additions to the VB2019 conference programme include a closing keynote address from Thinkst duo Haroon Meer and Adrian Sanabria and a talk on attacks against payment systems.

Free VB2019 tickets for students

Virus Bulletin is excited to announce that, thanks to generous sponsorship from Google Android, we are able to offer 20 free tickets to students who want to attend VB2019.

VB2018 paper: Lazarus Group: a mahjong game played with different sets of tiles

The Lazarus Group, generally linked to the North Korean government, is one of the most notorious threat groups seen in recent years. At VB2018 ESET researchers Peter Kálnai and Michal Poslušný presented a paper looking at the group's various…

Book your VB2019 ticket now for a chance to win a ticket for BSides London

Virus Bulletin is proud to sponsor this year's BSides London conference, which will take place next week, and we have a number of tickets to give away.

We have placed cookies on your device in order to improve the functionality of this site, as outlined in our cookies policy. However, you may delete and block all cookies from this site and your use of the site will be unaffected. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to Virus Bulletin's use of data as outlined in our privacy policy.