Cybercrime News19 September, 2007
|By Allison Orr|
The UK Cybercrime Report, commissioned by research and consulting firm 1871, has found that a cybercrime is committed in Britain every 10 seconds, with criminals finding the anonymity of the online world a haven for crime. "The nature of the Internet, and its relative anonymity enables individuals to behave in ways that they would consider to be unthinkable in the physical world," says the report. According to the report, the lack of tangibility in the technological realm can lower an individual’s ethical considerations with regards to computer misuse. They tend not to see their actions as immoral.
The cybercrimes covered in this report include identity theft and identity fraud, computer misuse, financial fraud and sexual offences.
Currently 40% of all identity fraud/theft is facilitated online, and the proportion is expected to increase in 2007 due to both the increasing sophistication of criminals and the increasing amount of identity information that can now be found online.
According to ZDNet News, cybercrime attacks are becoming increasingly organised and complex. Lance Spitzner from the Honeynet Project says that previously hackers were mostly interested in gaining notoriety, but now hacking is about making millions.
In other cybercrime news, according to Inquirer.Net the Department of Justice in the Philippines will push for the creation of e-courts that will oversee all cases that deal with high-tech crimes using technology, such as hacking, cyber-stalking, computer forgery, Internet libel and online privacy issues.
And in a recent example of high-level hacking, it is being reported that China has been involved in hacking into computers in the Pentagon and in the governments of France and Germany. The Chinese authorities have denied any involvement in these computer intrusions.