Saturday, March 01, 2008

Cyber Crimes in Japan Hit Record in 2007

Via Red Orbit News.

The number of cyber crime-related arrests in Japan last year grew 23.7 pct from the previous year to hit an all-time high, the National Police Agency said Friday.

The number came to 5,473, reflecting surges in phishing, which is an act of sending emails to users pretending to be a legitimate enterprise in an attempt to entrap users into providing their personal information such as identification numbers to certain Web sites.

As the number of phishing-related arrests surged 5.3-fold to 1,157, arrests related to unauthorized access jumped 2.1-fold to an all-time high of 1,442, according to the agency.

More here.

Hat-tip: Global Security News


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