Cybercrime Facts

Cybercrime is one of the fastest growing areas of crime. More and more criminals are exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity that modern
technologies offer in order to commit a diverse range of criminal activities. These include attacks against computer data and systems, identity theft, the
distribution of vile images, internet auction fraud, the penetration of online financial services, as well as the deployment of viruses, Bots, and various email
scams such as phishing.

The global nature of the Internet has allowed criminals to commit almost any illegal activity anywhere in the world, making it essential for all countries to
adapt their domestic offline controls to cover crimes carried out in cyberspace. The use of the Internet by terrorists, particularly for recruitment and the
incitement of radicalisation, poses a serious threat to national and international security.
The changing nature of cybercrime

However, we are now seeing an emerging trend with traditional organised crime syndicates and criminally minded technology professionals working
together and pooling their resources and expertise.

This approach has been very effective for the criminals involved. In 2010 and 2012 the cost of cybercrime worldwide was estimated at approximately USD
8 billion. As for corporate cyber espionage, cyber criminals have stolen intellectual property from businesses worldwide worth up to USD 1 trillion. They are
very scary numbers just think about that for a moment and you will see why as a big or small business you want no part of that loss - act now!
Hampshire Constabulary’s PREVENT strategy for terrorism

In addition, the threat of terrorism forces authorities to address security vulnerabilities related to information technology
infrastructure such as power plants, electrical grids, information systems and the computer systems of government and major
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