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One in ten of us make a note of our PIN and carry it with us while a similar number put documents such as bank statements in the bin, says fraud prevention specialist ACI Worldwide. To make matters worse, a third of us share online log-in details with someone else according to a Payments Council survey. The study also revealed that most of us use the same password for more than one online account.
Safer Internet Day (SID) is organised by Insafe in February of each year to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones, especially amongst children and young people across the world. Safer Internet Day 2013 will be the tenth edition of the event, and will take place on Tuesday 5 February 2013.
The number of reported crimes committed over the internet in the West Midlands has increased five fold in four years. In 2012 West Midlands Police received almost 500 reports of online crime compared to 100 in 2008.
Two self-styled "hacktivists" have been jailed for carrying out cyber attacks with hacking group Anonymous, one of which cost a website £3.5 million.
A poll of 1,000 office workers across the UK showed that nearly 60% of UK office workers receive phishing emails every day and 6% receive more than 10 a day.
Three more people have been arrested in connection to a long-running £1million phishing scam that emptied the bank accounts of hundreds of UK students.
Complaints to police about alleged crimes linked to the use of Facebook and Twitter have increased by 780% in four years, resulting in about 650 people being charged last year. The figures demonstrate a new challenge and it is important that forces prioritise social networking crimes that cause genuine harm.
Cybercrime has cost UK businesses around £205 million in the last year leading commissioner Adrian Leppard, head of City of London Police, to admit that online fraud was rising "exponentially.
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