UK cybercrime figures soar

Houses of Parliament, Wikimedia CommonsA report from the UK Office of National Statistics (ONS) estimates that there were 2.5 million cyber crime offences this year.

Fraud offences in general were up, but the ONS thinks that cybercrime, including hacking, is on the rise.

The ONS sampled 2,000 people to come up with its cybercrime figure, which includes frauds committed online.

It is the first time the ONS has delivered data about cybercrime, which includes not just hacking and phishing but virus infection too.

It also includes email hacking or hacking of social media accounts, such as Facebook and Twitter.

The ONS said that its figures don’t necessarily indicate a massive rise in crimes because of the number of offences that previously weren’t part of its counting methods.