Posted on 30 Jul 2013 at 09:28
Government blasted for "scaremongering" cybercrime stats
"The government is still basing its online security strategy on false figures, despite the numbers being thoroughly discredited.
A parliamentary committee said it was "puzzled" that ministers were still relying on a claim that online crime costs the UK £27 billion a year, after numerous experts and the National Audit Office found that figure to be inaccurate.
The claim originated from Detica, owned by security and defence firm BAE Systems, and was described as "scaremongering" by security researchers last year.
"We are puzzled that the government continues to use highly controversial figures, in which independent experts or indeed other government departments such as the Ministry of Defence have little confidence, as its basis for policy-making," said the report."
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