Latest figures from The Office for National Statistics show that cybercrime is on the rise – prompting calls for charities to ensure they use all methods possible to protect online transactions and customer data.
Following an extension of the coverage of the Crime Survey for England and Wales to cover cybercrime, experimental statistics showed there were 3.6 million fraud and 2.0 million computer misuse offences for the first full year in which such questions have been included in the survey.
Other industry data on financial fraud, the vast bulk of which is unreported to the police, showed there were 1.9 million cases of frauds on UK-issued cards (an increase of 39% from the previous year).
“Today’s figures demonstrate how crime has changed, with fraud now the most commonly experienced offence,” said John Flatley, ONS statistician.
“When the crime survey started 35 years ago, fraud was not considered a significant threat and the internet had yet to be invented.”
Last year the Institute of Directors warned that businesses – including charities – are not taking cyber security seriously enough.
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