Authorities fail to investigate over 90% of Cyber Crime cases in the UK


As per the data released by the Office of National Statistics UK, authorities are failing to investigate over 90% of Cyber Crime cases in Britain. Also, the figures released by the agency suggest that the year 2016 alone witnessed over 1.9 million cyber crimes, out of which only 1% were solved on a wholesome note.

It is estimated that on an average 78 crimes are reported every hour across Britain and out of them only 2-4 go to the notice of the cops because victims feel embarrassed or believe little can be done to catch the culprit.

When the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau was contacted on this issue, they admitted that they are helpless in most of the situations. And that’s due to the fact that most of the criminals who launched the cyberattacks and other cyber crimes are based overseas and banks on foreign soil refuse to help track them down.

Scotland Yard cops who are termed as the world’s best police organizations in solving the crime are also of the same opinion. As the solving process of cyber crimes such as cyber attacks, phishing scams and frauds needs a lot of coordination from other countries and departments, it is usually a lengthy and complex process which eventually goes unsolved or gets a pending tag.

In another survey taken up by the cyber security firm Glasswall Solutions, it was discovered that more than 58% of cyber crime victims of UK Businesses were targeted by phishing email attacks. The survey also disclosed the feeling of most of the employees who participated in the study. They said that if their employer had the right technology to protect them, then they would have never been the victims of cyber crime.

Thus, the above two researches confirm anecdotal evidence that although security awareness campaigns have there in place, they fail to attract the attention of the workers and employers who eventually fail to protect data and systems on an effective note.

Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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