Cybercrime costs US$43B a year

Summary:British businesses, citizens and public bodies rack up an estimated US$43.5 billion of losses each year due to cyberattacks and crime, with US$14.8 billion lost in IP theft, government report notes.

Cybercrime is costing the United Kingdom 27 billion pounds (US$43.5 billion) a year, according to the government, which has pledged to work with businesses to combat the problem.

The total figure covers 21 billion pounds (US$33.8 billion) from losses suffered by businesses, 3.1 billion pounds (US$5 billion) by citizens and 2.2 billion pounds (US$3.5 billion) by government, the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance (Ocsia) said in a report summary published on Thursday. It did not account for the other 700 million pounds (US$1.1 billion).

The report, produced by Ocsia and BAE Systems security subsidiary Detica, marks the first time the government has made a public estimate of cybercrime costs. At a press launch event, security minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones emphasized that while the figures are an estimate, they still give an indication of the scale of economic loss suffered by the U.K.

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