CHESHIRE has the sixth highest cybercrime rate in the country, according to a new survey.
A total of 541 cybercrimes were reported in the county last year, giving Cheshire 50.6 cybercrimes per 100,000 population.
ESET Internet Security’s survey doesn’t give figures for individual towns in the county, but given that there seem to be more breaches in more populated areas, Warrington is likely one of the hotspots.
Unsurprisingly, London tops the list with 5,258 reported cybercrimes, a rate of 58.5 per 100,000.
But Northamptonshire, with 399 reported offences, has a higher rate than Cheshire, coming fourth on the list with 52.7 cybercrimes per 100,000 population.
Overall, the UK saw a slight -2.97% drop in cybercrime. Cheshire’s rate fell 10.8%.
Cybercrimes categorized as hacking accounted for 85% of total reported cybercrimes, a 10% year-over-year increase. Similar to 2020, social media and email account hacking accounted for more than half of reported cybercrimes in 2021, with 13,522 reported victims, or 53.1%. The total number of reported instances of this cybercrime fell 12% from 15,367 in 2020. Computer viruses came in second with just over a quarter of the total (28%) to 7,156, down by 11.7% compared to last year and personal hacking comes in third place. up at 5.25 (19.3 percent) down 4.6 percent year-on-year.
Hacking is defined as any act that causes unauthorized modification of the contents of any computer with intent and knowledge. In the context of social media and email, this includes all forms of individual email accounts and all forms of individual social media, both personal and for organizations or businesses.