Cyber Crime Fallen By 30% According To ONS

According to the latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), cyber crime has fallen by 30% across England and Wales.

The ONS’s annual Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), states there were 1.1 million estimated instances of computer misuse for the year ending June 30 2018, down from 1.6 million for the corresponding period a year prior.

Commenting on the news is Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault, who has a different opinion regarding the findings.

Javvad Malik, Security Advocate at AlienVault:

Javvad Malik

Javvad Malik

“Looking at the data we collect in Open Threat Exchange (OTX) there is nothing to indicate that computer attacks are on the decline.

From a research perspective, the results should be interpreted taking into account the biases of the limited number of questions, the sample size, and overall awareness the participants in the survey had of being able to identify malware or unauthorised access.”