Policy Submissions

S942 - e-Crime


“e-Crime” IET evidence to House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.


This response outlines various forms of e-crime and weaknesses in the reporting process. Furthermore, the majority of e-crimes are not reported and that many may not even be aware crime has taken place. Whilst an estimate of the scale and financial costs to the UK is outlined, a definitive figure is impossible to define without accurate measurement of the problem.

Recommendations include more resources and training to address the ever increasing workloads and complexities of collecting large volumes of data for evidence; steps to improve process and the gaps in definitions and understanding; as well as making software manufacturers liable for known weaknesses in software.  Additional obstacles in dealing with data hosted overseas have also been addressed although there is no short term solution.

To enable success of any new initiatives requires co-ordinating a comprehensive and continuing education and change programme aimed at changing peoples’ online behaviours. This could be achieved by increasing awareness and creating a safety conscious online society. However the main source of risk is not, as widely claimed, unsafe behaviour by computer users but, rather, the design flaws and programming errors that make normal, reasonable behaviour unsafe.

Submission Details Submitted on 10 July 2012 to House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee

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Keywords and Search Terms Cyber-crime, Cyber crime, Computers, Cyber-attacks, Cyber attacks, Phishing, Internet, eCommerce