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ExtraTorrent.cc > Articles > UK Authorities Refused to Educate Public on Web Crimes

UK Authorities Refused to Educate Public on Web Crimes

UK Authorities Refused to Educate Public on Web Crimes

Added: Friday, October 7th, 2011
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
In spite of the quickly growing cost of digital crime to the British economy, a lack of funding would mean that preventative measures to increase people’s awareness are unreachable.


The country’s e-Crime Unit announced that it managed to save the United Kingdom £140 million in the last 6 months. Within the National e-Crime Program, £30 million was forwarded to deal with the threat of digital crime, like distribution of malware or online fraud. Although it can be considered a good return on investment by the e-Crime Unit, it is actually a mere drop in the ocean if compared to what digital crime costs the country. Cabinet Office recently released numbers noting an enormous £27 billion lost to the UK economy annually, and this figure is supposed to grow. The matter is that it is very difficult to stop such a lucrative crime without borders, and among the effective tools the experts mention education for the end user.

The country’s Home Office has highlighted its wish to address the digital crime trouble. Its representative announced that they want to ensure everyone is able to make the most of the web and online services, at the same time protecting themselves from any kind of digital crime. Although much of the e-Crime Unit’s work is commendable, it is still working on a small budget. It’s clear that there should be more to be done in order to reduce the drain on the British struggling economy.

The experts point out that cyber crime could be significantly limited through preventative measures like raising the awareness of the public about such tactics as phishing. Users can also be taught to use complex passwords, which would make life much more difficult for pirates and hackers. Of course, keeping antivirus software updated is one of the most important issues as well.

Although the UK’s Cabinet Office knows about this and recognizes that the threat from web attacks is real and growing, it insists that the government can’t address the problem alone, so the public and businesses must also take more responsibility – the former for protecting themselves on the Internet, while the businesses for protecting their customers on the web. Despite the Cabinet Office mentioned it was going to publish a new Cyber Crime Strategy in the nearest future, it also clarified that it doesn’t plan for large scale campaigns.

October 7th,2011

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Date:  Friday, October 7th, 2011

Comments (3) (please add your comment »)

posted by (2011-10-07 23:07:29)
DEMONLORD avatarlol, cant pay to teach about piracy but could most likely afford a budget increase for them

posted by (2011-10-09 19:19:28)
AnalLint avatarhaha exactly, the title of this article tells it all. Refusing to educate the public on web crimes is probably a safe move to avoid an out-break of "breaking bad"

posted by Turtle (2011-10-10 15:13:03)
D4T4 avatarIf the British government tried to educate the public on this subject they would most likely end up teaching people how to break the law. Ignorance is bliss.

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