Cybercrimes in UK Hits An All Time High
Latest statistics indicate that cybercrime is rising at a record rate in UK. As per statistics of the UK Cybercrime study by online data security company Garlik, over 300 cyber crimes are being perpetrated hourly, with a user affected every ten seconds.
According to analysts of the Garlik report, approximately three million cyber crimes were executed in 2006, with only 10% cybercrimes being notified since victims were ignorant about the illegality of the action or believed the police would be reluctant to probe, as reported by September 7, 2007 edition of Telegraph.co.uk.
The study indicates that almost 92,000 users had their ID purloined, whilst 207,000 experienced financial scams, nearly twice the number of persons struck by real-life holdups. Extortion, offensive messages and fake claims on sites comprised two-thirds of crimes.
Exploitation of computer, along with incidences of hacking, reached a figure of 144,500. Incidents of cyber sexual crimes led with numbers reaching an extraordinary 850,000. The insulation from targets and obscurity the cyberspace extends has made it ideal for hackers, while naive users are frequently careless with confidential data that can be exploited for offense.
Garlik's Chief Executive, Tom Ilube, stated the rise of private information stored online in official sources like genealogy sites, electoral registers and social networking Websites like Facebook signified it was simple for scamsters to gather details. Fraudsters don't have to search in litterbins for utility bills any longer, as reported by Telegraph.co.uk's September 7, 2007 issue.
Mr. Ilube told the unavailability of explicit definition of cybercrimes and partial coverage implied it was hard to completely gauge the extent of the difficulty.
He declared that their report is the initiative in evaluating the effects of cybercrime in UK. With details about people freely available online hitting all time high, it's especially vital for individuals to be alert about giving out their confidential information over the net to assure that hackers don't exploit it.
Cybercrime is escalating and it is difficult to measure it, but increasing numbers of Internet users who usually know little about computers or methods of defending their personal information have helped to increase cybercrime.
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