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Are we losing yet? March 23, 2010

Posted by jonathanpenn in client security, trends & futures.
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That’s what I asked myself after reading the IC3 Internet Crime Report, which shows:

  • A 22.3% increase in complaints over 2008
  • Total dollar loss from all referred cases was $559.7 million, up over 110% from 2008
  • Of the top five categories of offenses, identity thieft was #2 at 14.1% of complaints; computer fraud (destruction/damage/vandalism of property) was #5 at 7.9% of complaints.

The security industry readily admits that cyber-criminals are evolving their attack tactics faster than we’re evolving our defenses. How long can we continue to fall behind before we should start saying that we’re losing?

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