Cybercrime is a fast-growing area of crime with more and more criminals exploiting the speed, convenience and anonymity of the Internet to commit a diverse range of criminal activities which know no borders, either physical or virtual, cause serious harm and pose very real threats to victims.

Factsheet: Cyber Crime (PDF, 300kb)

Key messages

  • In October 2016, online crime figures from ‘Get Safe Online’ and the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau revealed that a staggering £10.9 billion was lost to the UK economy as a result of fraud, including cybercrime, in 2015/16,
  • Results from Durham Constabulary’s latest confidence survey indicate that cybercrime scored highest out of all the crimes the general public are ‘in fear’ of,
  • Local and national evidence shows that the largest reported cybercrime is the ‘locker’ malware / police ransomware, with victims reporting their computers locked with a purported police message demanding payment of a fine for allegedly viewing illegal content. Hacking email and social media accounts to request financial assistance was the next largest volume crime.

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