Sunday, April 19, 2009

UK: Soaring Online Crime Hits Consumer Confidence

Phil Muncaster writes on

Nearly three-quarters of UK consumers believe that the recession has put them at greater risk of identity theft and related crimes, according to the latest biannual Security Index report from Unisys.

The software and services firm surveyed nearly 1,000 UK citizens, and found that 88 per cent are worried about criminals obtaining and using their credit card or bank details, or gaining unauthorised access to or misusing their personal information.

The Security Index, which measures the level of security concern among respondents, rose 20 per cent from a figure of 135 a year ago to 150 this year.

Neil Fisher, vice president of global security solutions at Unisys, argued that confidence in financial institutions has been undermined by the economic crisis, and that criminals are increasingly turning online to make money.

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