Anti-virus: police not software

A study by the world renowned Cambridge University, sponsored by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) suggests more policing of the internet and policies and less focus on anti-virus software.

“A small number of gangs lie behind many incidents and locking them up would be far more effective than telling the public to fit an anti-phishing toolbar or purchase antivirus software.”

The study reveals that in the UK alone more than £640m is spent by governments on cybercrime, but less than £10m of that goes towards enforcing the law.

Some police forced feel the task is too big for them, but the study suggests that a very small number of gangs are behind most of the incidents.  It asserts that convicting the members of these gangs, and making an example of them, may be more effective than advising companies and individuals to constantly improve their anti-virus software.

See the original report on the Cambridge University website.

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