Cybercrime now affecting more people than any other crime

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Cybercrime now affecting more people than any other crime

The absurd and unrealistic forecasts seen in many Hollywood films have become reality.

According to the United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency, organised cybercrime is now affecting more people than any other form of crime – including drugs, firearms, organised immigration crime, and money laundering.

Not because it is replacing these other forms of cybercrime, but rather because it is aiding them.

National Crime Agency director general Lynne Owens says these alarming findings require change, with the focus on being smarter with data.

“This requires us to think differently about how we build capability in response and one of the purposes of this assessment is to inform that necessary strategic refocus,” says Owens.

“Fundamentally it must also shape our operational response and we will continue to build on the outstanding operational results of the last year as we undertake investigations at the high end of high risk. In doing so, we value the support of our operational colleagues with whom we work (often in support of one another) as they help us achieve this.”

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