back to article UK courts experiencing surge in cyber-crime case load

The total cost of fraudulent activity in the UK surpassed a billion pounds for the first time in five years, reaching £1.137bn in 2016 compared to £732m the year before. Fraud against businesses was up sevenfold last year, with inside jobs committed by employees and management the most common method, as measured by alleged …

  1. Your alien overlord - fear me

    "committed by teenagers and people with almost no technical skills." - bet they still wear a hoodie whilst on their computers !!!!

  2. 2+2=5 Silver badge
    Joke

    Yeah, and they're CSI-savvy as well: they remember to wear gloves when typing so as not to leave fingerprints.

  3. tr1ck5t3r

    But are they clever enough to not fart on the chair leaving behind traces of fecal matter and thus their DNA?

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16078481

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This should act a a wakeup call to all businesses to either update their on-line security or actually get on-line security in the first place.

  5. Dabooka Silver badge

    Apart from the example given in the article

    which was social engineering and a phone call. All the online security in the world isn't going to help if your CEO / CFO / Finance Director etc is an easily fooled buffoon

  6. Smooth Newt Silver badge
    Meh

    Locking the wrong stable door

    This should act a a wakeup call to all businesses to either update their on-line security or actually get on-line security in the first place.

    "Fraud against businesses was up sevenfold last year, with inside jobs committed by employees and management the most common method". How does online security software help?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    True Story℠

    Constable in a full tit helmet walk up to a desktop computer and shouts "WHAT'S ALL THIS THEN?!" at it for 20 minutes.

  8. All names Taken
    Joke

    Has anyone ...

    ... estimated return to the Treasury were cyber-criminals taxed tee-hee

  9. tfewster Silver badge
    Holmes

    I bet...

    .. that the "surge" is because police are now able to able to take your complaint, rather than sending you back to your bank, or the national crime unit or..."what's on the fobbing-off calender today sarge?"

    Double or nothing the government will use the stats to claim govt-breakable encryption is necessary. Ignoring the fact that decent encryption and security might prevent the crimes from happening

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