Cyber Crime More than Doubles in Wales

The number of cyber crime victims in Wales has more than doubled since last year, and Internet-based crime has affected nearly one in every four businesses, which equates to 42,000 firms.

According to e-Crime Wales, an organization that promotes online safety to businesses, there has been a 67 percent increase in security incidents, including attempted password hacking, data loss and virus spreading. Research by e-Crime also shows that companies are becoming more aware of online risks, with more than half increasing their spending on IT security in the past year.

Wales is the only European country to have dedicated cyber crime officers in each of its police forces, and e-crime Wales police manager Andrea Barnard said her department is committed to making the country a safe place to do business online.

“But e-criminals are highly resourceful, and as they're not bound by the same laws and regulations they're forever one step ahead of the game, finding new ways to attack and compromise businesses,” Barnard said.

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