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Over 11,000 cybercrime reports across 10 UK sites in 2021 – which are most at risk?

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In 2021 there were over 400,000 reports of cybercrime and fraud in the UK alone showing how dangerous the online world can be, but which areas of the country are most at risk of a cyberattack and how to prevent it?

A report by leading cybersecurity firm ESET has highlighted the UK’s most vulnerable areas to cybercrime and how these have changed in recent years.

You can view the full study here – https://www.eset.com/uk/about/newsroom/blog/uk-cybercrime-Report/

Top 10 UK areas with the highest rates of cybercrime

rank

police

Total number of cybercrime reports in the last year

population

Cybercrime per 100,000 population

Percent Change (YoY)

1

Big City (London)

5.258

8,991,600

58.5

-11.8%

2

surrey

644

1,199,900

53.7

-8.1%

3

kent

999

1,868,200

53.5

-9.0%

4

Northamptonshire

399

757,200

52.7

-0.2%

5

Hertfordshire

607

1,195,700

50.8

-19.4%

6

Cheshire

541

1,069,600

50.6

-10.8%

7

Nottinghamshire

581

1,170,500

49.6

-0.3%

8th

Cambridgeshire

412

859,800

47.9

-5.5%

9

Thames Valley

1.142

2,431,900

47.0

-14.8%

10

Sussex

803

1,718,200

46.7

-5.8%

The research also revealed the following:

  • The UK saw a slight decrease in cybercrime of -2.97% with 9 out of 10 regions reporting a decrease in cybercrime between 2020 and 2021. While Norfolk saw the highest increase in cybercrime, cybercrime increased by 19.83%.
  • London was found to have the highest level of cybercrime per 100,000 population (58.5) as well as the highest overall cybercrime rate in the UK (5,258). Surrey is second while Kent is third.
  • The most common type of cybercrime in the UK was hacking, accounting for 85% of all cybercrime reported.

Jake Moore, Cybersecurity Specialist at ESET, commented on the findings:

“Knowledge is key to reducing cybercrime and with this noticeable shift in reported crimes from year to year, it is starting to suggest that people are becoming more adept at spotting scams and keeping their sanity. However, social media and email hacking remain the biggest threat across the country, so people need to remember to implement basic anti-hacking security measures with password managers and enable multi-factor authentication for all online accounts.”

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