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Cybercrime prevalence and impact in the UK

Hernandez-Castro, Julio C., Boiten, Eerke Albert (2014) Cybercrime prevalence and impact in the UK. Computer Fraud & Security, 2014 (2). pp. 5-8. ISSN 1361-3723. (doi:10.1016/S1361-3723(14)70461-0) (KAR id:38400)

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Relatively little is known about the scale and cost of cybercrime in the UK, as current industry and academic efforts have produced largely unreliable estimates, often focusing primarily on large businesses. To address this, the authors developed one of the first customer surveys centred on the impact and prevalence of cybercrime to the average UK citizen. Just under one fifth of individuals surveyed had been victims of online crime, and of these, 6% reported being victimised more than once. Surprisingly, 2.3% reported losses in excess of £10,000 from online crime. We discuss the methodology used, its advantages, limitations, and main findings. We also reflect on the media coverage, and propose some cautionary notes for generalising and interpreting results. We additionally offer future research directions.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/S1361-3723(14)70461-0
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics (inc Computing science) > QA 75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Computing, Engineering and Mathematical Sciences > School of Computing
Depositing User: Eerke Boiten
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 21:53 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 12:51 UTC
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