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People urged to report cyber crime

Date: February 27, 2013

People who become victims of cyber crime are being encouraged to report their experience, Home Office minister James Brokenshire has said.

Responding to a parliamentary question, the minister said that better reporting of cyber crime gave "a better understanding of the scale and changing nature of the threat".

Reports could also improve the government's "ability to tackle" cyber attacks and allow support to be given to victims.

There was now a central point for reporting fraud and financially motivated cyber crime – the National Fraud Authority's Action Fraud reporting tool.

This, Brokenshire said, had received more than 58,000 reports between February 2012 and January 2013.

"By April 2013, all police forces will also have a single mechanism for reporting fraud and financially motivated cyber crime to Action Fraud," he added. "This will ensure higher reporting levels and help to improve the response to these crimes."

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