Hackers top list of cybercriminals.
The report, by the International Chamber of Commerce's Commercial Crime Services (CCS), also details the types of Web-based fraud reported to law enforcement. Fraud types were divided into social engineering scams (which accounted for almost half of the incidents), get-rich-quick schemes, identity theft, and fake documents.
Also noted in the report is the percentage of arrests for each hacking category. A third of arrests/convictions were for those in the "general hacking" category, with 18 percent in the "hacking for financial gain" category; however, only 3 percent of current employees who hacked for financial gain were arrested or convicted.
The report looks in detail at more than 80 cases, giving the date, type of attack, the country (when known) where the perpetrator was arrested, and a brief narration of the crime. More than 60 percent of the crimes detailed in the report occurred in the United States.
Steven Matz, a senior analyst with the cybercrime unit of the CCS, says that this finding does not necessarily mean that most cybercrimes target American companies or that most cybercriminals are American, but rather that cybercrimes likely go unreported in other countries. "One of the aims of the review and our organization is, therefore, to gather more information on cybercrime occurring outside of" the U.S. in other countries and regions," he says.
The methodology of the review was for researchers to rely primarily on sources in the public domain, according to Matz. Thus, at the end of the process, researchers also had a better idea of which regions lack good data.
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|Date:||Aug 1, 2003|
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