An Investigation into Incidents of Cyber Crimes Committed
WOLKOWICZ, BARTOSZ RYSZARD
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Abstract Developing technology and the growing popularity of the Internet has had a significant impact on increasing cybercrime problems within the UK (Douglas & Loader, 2003; Kshetri, 2010). Many e-crimes have been reported affecting both private people and UK businesses where hackers attack Internet users through social media and email systems (House of Common, 2013). The main aim of this dissertation is to investigate UK cyber crime incidents to identify the most popular cybercrime methods used and user’s levels of awareness. Empirical data were gathered by using an online questionnaire and comparing the results with the secondary research. 46 participants (16 female and 30 male) aged 18 and over took part in the study. Results indicated that 70% of participants experienced some type of the cybercrime in their lifetime. Moreover, the study found a significant relationship between being a victim of e-crime and using the Internet for working purposes, using PC or laptop and having installed an antivirus programme. Investigation and analysis of primary and secondary research found that most of the Internet users are not fully aware of the cybercrime problems, and may not know how to use the Internet in an appropriate and safe way. Some of the findings from the current study contradict results presented in the literature reviewed. Findings of this research suggest that participants primarily noticed significant changes in the performance of their devices and the related software after a cybercrime attack. A key recommendation put forward by participants for decreasing cybercrime problems within the UK was to educate society and raise awareness of the problems caused by cybercrime. The findings further suggest that increased knowledge of will enable people and businesses in the UK to better protect themselves and how to browse websites responsibly.
BSc Hons BUSINESS INFORMATION SYSTEMS
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